Josh Hamilton played catch, took flyballs and ran the bases Tuesday before the Rangers took batting practice, and said that today is the best his broken right humerus (upper arm) bone has felt since he broke it two weeks ago. He had a new set of x-rays taken Friday, and Hamilton said that Dr. Keith Meister was somewhat encouraged by the results.
Hamilton said that he will not travel with the Rangers for their upcoming road trip to Oakland and Seattle, choosing to stay back so that he can accomplish more with his rehab. Hamilton has swung the bat with his left arm, but full swings will be the last thing he attempts. The Rangers initially said it would take a month before he could swing.
Mitch Moreland gets a day off today after appearing in 15 straight games, 14 of them starts. David Murphy, who has played each game since Josh Hamilton was injured April 11, is also in line for a day off soon. Nelson Cruz, though, won't get a full day off. Manager Ron Washington said that he needs Cruz's presence in the lineup and will give Cruz a chance to work out of his current 6-for-30 slump rather than give him a day off.
Darren O'Day (left hip) has told the coaching staff that he is healthy and ready to pitch in games after no throwing since Wednesday. Washington said that he was going to consult with pitching coach Mike Maddux to determine the next step for O'Day.
-- Jeff Wilson