Hamilton to play in Triple-A Sunday

Updated: July 4, 2009, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton will spend at least another day in the minor leagues.

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The Texas Rangers All-Star center fielder's scheduled rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City was rained out Saturday.

The Rangers announced during their game against Tampa Bay that Hamilton will play for the Redhawks on Sunday, delaying the slugger's return to the majors from abdominal surgery until at least Monday.

Hamilton is 2-for-20 in four minor-league games, including one with Double-A Frisco. He wanted to be back with the Rangers on Saturday, but the team wanted him to playing the outfield one more time before he returned.

"We're not looking for him to hit ball out of the ballpark," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We're looking for good at bats."

The Rangers finish a nine-game home stand Sunday against the Rays before playing seven on the road, including a three-game series starting Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. Texas and Los Angeles entered Saturday tied for the American League West lead.

Hamilton went on the disabled list June 2 and had abdominal surgery a week later.

He got hurt crashing into an outfield wall making a catch May 17. That came less than a week after he came off an earlier stint on the disabled list because of a strained ribcage muscle sustained when he crashed into another wall on another catch.

Hamilton, who hit .304 with 32 homers and an AL-high 130 RBIs last season, is hitting .240 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 35 games this season.

In his first All-Star appearance last year, Hamilton hit a record 28 homers in the first round of the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, including 13 in a row.


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