Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton doubles at Double-A, nears return to Rangers

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Josh Hamilton began a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A, going 1-for-3 with a double as he comes back from a strained left hamstring.

He’s expected to move to Triple-A for a game Thursday and is aiming to come off the disabled list early next week after being out for three-plus weeks so far.

Hamilton missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery and substance abuse relapses, being traded (or having his contract dumped) from the Angels to the Rangers. He looked good early on for Texas, hitting .273 with two homers, two doubles, four walks, and a 1.021 OPS in seven games before getting hurt again.