Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton still unable to run due to sore left knee

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Josh Hamilton is likely to be activated off the disabled list Tuesday, September 1 when major league rosters expand, but it sounds like he’s going to be limited to pinch-hitting duties for a while.

According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the veteran outfielder has been taking batting practice and playing catch without issue but has not been cleared yet for running. “It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee,” Hamilton told the Star-Telegram. “I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step.”

Texas has won 12 of its last 16 games and opened play Sunday with a 1 1/2 game lead on the second American League Wild Card spot.

Hamilton, 34, has hit .254/.296/.430 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games this season.