All the positive, optimistic quotes about how good Josh Hamilton looked at the Rangers’ extended spring training complex have given way to him going 1-for-7 with three strikeouts through two minor-league rehab games at Triple-A.
Hamilton hasn’t played since October and is making his way back from February shoulder surgery as well as drug and alcohol relapses, so a couple tough games is no big deal. Still, it seems pretty clear that he’ll need a while to get back into game shape following the trade from the Angels to the Rangers.
Oh, and his time at Triple-A Round Rock also included this, via the Associated Press (and pictured to the right):
Hamilton obliged an unusual request before the game when a fan asked him to sign a baby’s butt.
“That’s happened before. … When you play long enough you’re going to see a lot of crazy stuff,” he said.
He’s expected to spend at least two weeks at Triple-A, so keep those pens ready.