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As reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton has taken the latest step in a recovery from a strained left calf that could have him back on the field in a week. The strain occurred during base running drills. He's been hatting and throwing ever since and once he can sprint, will be cleared to play. Hamilton feels good about the progression he's making.
"It's a progression, but it's been a lot quicker than I expected. There's nothing unusual. We're doing it quickly, but doing it safely. It's coming back good and quick and strong, and it feels good."Hamilton feels he'll need about 45 to 55 at bats in Spring Training before being ready, which should take a few weeks. That means he very well could be ready for the start of the season.
Hamilton has played for the Reds, Rangers and Angels during his seven-year career. The five-time All-Star and American League MVP in 2010 has a career batting average of .295 with 182 home runs and 632 RBI.