Josh Hamilton says back stiffness won't keep him out of lineup

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Josh Hamilton, who missed Wednesday’s game after receiving an injection for his sore right knee, was back in the lineup against the Twins on Friday. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Hamilton left the game with lower back stiffness after connecting for a one-out single in the eighth inning, reports T.R. Sullivan of

“I never felt it until I came out of the box,” Hamilton said. “I got to
first and felt they better get somebody in there to run.”

Still, Hamilton plans on being in the lineup Saturday. In fact, he expects to play the outfield.

“I don’t see it being a problem,” Hamilton said. “I’ll be good to go.”

The Rangers enter play Saturday at 75-59, nine games up on the second-place Athletics in the American League West. Hamilton is going to keep pushing for now, but you can bet he’ll get a few days off once the Rangers wrap this thing up.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.