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March 31, 2012

Josh Hamilton talks groin, center field, contract

Josh Hamilton expects to be ready for Opening Day after experiencing tightness in his left groin Friday night. He is not in the lineup Saturday night and doesn't expect to play Sunday, but he received treatment on the groin Saturday afternoon and is planning to hit in the cage.

Though the tightness is on the same side where he had a hernia at the end of last season, it's not in the same area.

The groin was one of several topics Hamilton addressed.

He is expecting to play primarily center field this season, though he hasn't officially been told that will happen.

"I'm excited about it," he said. "I prefer center, but I'll do whatever they ask me to do."

Hamilton also said that he remains open to listening to the Rangers during the season should they approach is agent about a contract extension, but right now he is planning to be a free agent after the season. His preference is to stay in Texas.

"If Mike [Moye, his agent] comes to me and says they want to tak about a contract, we're going to listen," he said. "I haven't thought about it. I've got a job, man."

-- Jeff Wilson

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