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May 03, 2011

Josh Hamilton ready to swing bat

Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton will take his first swings Wednesday since suffering a broken right humerus (upper arm) bone April 12, about a week ahead of the original timeframe.

Hamilton will hit off a tee at Rangers Ballpark, where he is rehabbing while the team is on its first West Coast road trip. He had been taking swings with just his left arm, the back arm on his left-handed swing, as well as playing catch, shagging flyballs and running.

The Rangers initially believed that Hamilton wouldn't be able to swing for a month and six to eight weeks until he was ready to come off the disabled list. Today is the three-week anniversary of his injury, suffered on a dive into home plate while trying to score from third base on a foul popup at Detroit.

"Everything's gone according to plan so far," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Josh is in a good state of mind and the arm continues to get better. He'll keep progressing with the rehab that Keith [Meister] and Jamie [Reed] laid out. It's too early to narrow down a date for his return, but we're definitely heading in a good direction and it's reasonable to assume he'll be back within the original timeframe."

-- Jeff Wilson



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