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Hamilton Gets Scheduled Day Off After Return

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 27: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers returns to the dugout after being caught trying to stretch a double during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Rangers 12-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    After collecting two hits, scoring a run and making a really nice sliding catch in the outfield in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday, Josh Hamilton was on the bench on Wednesday.

    But no worries, folks. The day off was scheduled before Hamilton ever returned as to give him some nice rest for a problematic injury since hamstring issues seem to linger and can be recurring throughout the season.

    Rangers manager Jeff Banister spoke to "The Shake Joint" on KTCK 1310 The Ticket Thursday morning and said Hamilton's status will be a day-to-day thing and they'll communicate daily on how the hamstring feels. He added that he seems to be doing well so far and he expects to be back in the lineup on Thursday night with another right-handed starter on the mound for Baltimore.

    The Rangers have to play it safe with Hamilton because of his past fragility and also because it seems he actually might have a lot to offer them since returning to Texas. So far, anyway, he hasn't at all resembled the player that was with the Angels, and the Rangers need to take advantage of that moving forward.

    So while you might not like it, days off could be a pretty frequent thing for Hamilton, but it's necessary to keep him fresh for the long haul.