Hamilton has been doing his injury rehab work inside and has been limited to swinging the bat off a tee or against soft toss. But, starting on Sunday, he is getting back on the field and beginning to do more baseball activities.
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"I don't have any pain and I have full function," Hamilton said. "That's what you want. We are in a good spot. It's just about staying on course, not getting over-anxious or going too fast. Do it the right way. Right now, I am 100 percent better."
Hamilton is recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee and has been bothered by persistent inflammation. He had a stem cell injection in February and the Rangers have conceded he will start the season on the disabled list.
The club has a target of May 1 for Hamilton's return. The Rangers want to make sure he is fully recovered and has the equivalent of a full Spring Training before they activate him.
• Right-handed reliever Luke Jackson, who has been sidelined with tightness in his lower back, threw off a half-mound on Sunday.
• Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, who was scratched from Friday's outing against the Mariners because of lower back tightness, is scheduled to resume throwing on Monday.
• First baseman Ike Davis, sidelined with a sprained right knee, is hitting in the cages and taking ground balls, but he has not yet been cleared to run the bases.
• Outfielder Ryan Cordell is still sidelined with a sprained right ankle.
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