Hamilton eager to play after surgery

Updated: June 12, 2009, 12:20 AM ET
Associated Press

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is already running on a treadmill and expects to resume baseball activities in about 10 days after surgery to repair his abdominal muscle.

"It's good to know it's been corrected. It's probably more stable now than it was before," Hamilton said in the clubhouse Thursday night after the Rangers' 1-0 victory over Toronto. "I can go forward and not worry about it lingering on for the rest of the season."

Hamilton, second in the All-Star voting among American League outfielders, said he would like to play in the July 14 game at St. Louis if selected.

Hamilton got hurt colliding with an outfield wall while making a catch May 17 against the Los Angeles Angels. That was less than a week after he came off the disabled list because of a strained rib cage muscle sustained after crashing into another wall.

"It's a different hurt now," he said. "I feel better injury-wise. ... It's good to know what I have to do to get back. I have a plan of action."


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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