Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is set to bat in his first extended spring training game Monday after taking live batting practice for the first time this season Saturday, according to an ESPN.com report.
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Josh Hamilton has worked out with the Texas Rangers twice this week and the organization has come away impressed.
"I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy told the Dallas Morning News. "I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more. That is good."
He is less than halfway through the five-year, $125 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Angels.
Hamilton, who is on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from right-shoulder surgery on Feb. 4, is expected to work out in Arizona for about 10 days before beginning an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.
Texas acquired Hamilton in a deal with the Angels earlier this week.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.
of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.
The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in trade talks before Josh Hamilton was dealt to the Texas Rangers, according to sources.
The Dodgers are believed to have discussed both a straight up trade and three-way scenarios that would have sent the outfielder to Texas, but they couldn't satisfy the Los Angeles Angels.
Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Hamilton to their roster.
Mitch Moreland underwent a minor surgical procedure on Wednesday to remove some bone chips from his left elbow.
The Texas Rangers will be without one of their best hitters for at least two weeks.
This is the second time in the last two weeks that the elbow issue has flared up for Moreland. He missed most of a week after it first "locked up" in Seattle.
After medication and treatment, the chips settled in a less sensitive part of the joint and he was able to play for several days. He dove hard for a ground ball to make a strong defensive play Monday and it's possible that jarred the chips loose again.
"I didn't know if it was going to come back or not," Moreland said. "When I got up [Tuesday] morning it wouldn't straighten out. It was kind of obvious after that. We did what we could do to get it loose. I didn't want to miss two-three days at a time while we kept trying to get it loose."
The 29-year-old is hitting .304/.393/.457 in 56 plate appearances this season.
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Mike Scioscia was "disappointed" that Josh Hamilton didn't express remorse and thanks for the Los Angeles Angels teammates that stuck by him during tough times.
The Angels traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers and he was formally introduced on Monday.
"For him not to show at least a little remorse toward his teammates I just think is wrong," Scioscia said. "It's unfortunate he had his relapse but I know we supported him in every aspect whatever his needs were. Just in hearing some of his comments, the one thing I think is sad and I'm a little bit disappointed is the fact that there wasn't any accountability most importantly to his teammates."
Josh Hamilton is officially a member of the Texas Rangers once again.
The Los Angeles Angels have traded Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.
The Angels are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million Hamilton is owed on his five-year, $125 million contract.
Hamilton never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery. He self-reported a relapse of alcohol and cocaine use, but an arbitrator ruled he could not be disciplined by Major League Baseball.
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are expected to finalized a trade involving Josh Hamilton on Monday.
There were reports that the deal would be completed by the end of the weekend, but details are still being worked out.
The trade, which requires approval, involves five parties -- the Angels, Rangers, Hamilton, the commissioner's office, and the players' union.
Adrian Beltre broke his bat three times against Garrett Richards on Friday night, but the Texas Rangers third baseman had some fun with it.
Beltre sent the Los Angeles Angels pitcher an invoice totaling $300 for the broken bats.
The invoice looked legitimate, inscribed with "Cash only, no checks" and Beltre's signature.
"I always love facing him," Richards said. "We have that good battle every time."