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June 18, 2012

Monday pregame Rangers notes: More on Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton is available to pinch-hit tonight and will be in the starting lineup Tuesday asssuming he has not setbacks after a heavy workload this afternoon.

The four-time All-Star shagged flyballs and took batting practice early in the afternoon and again in batting practice before the game. He said he was a little gassed during early BP but had no problems in the spacious Petco Park outfield.

Hamilton weighs only 220 pounds after an intestinal virus took 10 or 11 pounds, he said. His infant daughter first caught the virus, which quickly spread through the Hamilton household. No one was spared, and he and his 3-year-old daughter ended up in an area hospital.

Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz were scheduled to play catch today. It would be Holland's fourth straight day of long-tossing, with a bullpen session ahead as soon as Wednesday. Feliz would be throwing for the first time since suffering a sprained elbow May 18 at Houston.

The Rangers will wait until Wednesday or Thursday to make a final decision on the rotation after this series at San Diego. Roy Oswalt, who threw 100 pitches Sunday for Triple A Round Rock, is a candidate to start this weekend against Colorado. It's also possible that he would make one more start in the minors before adding him to the rotation.

-- Jeff Wilson

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