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Angels' Josh Hamilton begins running on treadmill


By on 3/07/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels won only 78 games in 2013 after 89 wins in 2012.  The Angels are hoping for a comeback season. In order to do so, key players must remain on the field for the majority of the games.  One such player is outfielder Josh Hamilton, who had an off year in 2013 with 21 home runs 79 RBI and a .250 batting average.  But Hamilton strained his left calf eight days ago and was expected to miss two weeks. The good news is that Hamilton has now started running on a treadmill.




Keith Allison  via Wikimedia Commons


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.


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