Rangers hoping to activate Josh Hamilton in late May

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Josh Hamilton has gone through a couple workouts at the Rangers’ extended spring training complex in Arizona and everyone involved seems happy with how he looks physically following February shoulder surgery.

Hamilton told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that he’s basically treating this time as his March, “trying to do all the stuff I usually do in spring training, so I can be ready to roll.”

Outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said: “I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play. I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more.”

As for when Hamilton might actually play for the Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels indicated that the targeted return timetable is late May. Next time the Rangers play the Angels? July 3-5, in Texas.