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    NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers is met at the plate by Josh Hamilton #32 after hitting a home run against The New York Yankees during their game on April 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nelson Cruz;Josh Hamilton

    Since returning from the disabled list, where he spent more than a month, on Monday, Josh Hamilton has shown he won't take much time to get back into the swing of things at the plate. He's already got multiple RBIs and a home run in his first at-bat back on Monday. He's 5-for-9 since his return. Not too shabby.

    Now, the reigning AL MVP is scheduled to shag fly balls on Friday before returning to the Rangers outfield as early as Saturday, said ESPNDallas' Richard Durrett.

    Hamilton is under some heat right now for his reckless abandon on the base paths recently despite the fact that he injured his arm by a freakish slide, head first into home plate.

    Now he'll be back in the outfield after DHing for this first week of his return, which he is also set to do on Friday when the Rangers open a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals.

    The risk is obviously greater of Hamilton being injured in the outfield than at DH but he's also the team's best defensive outfielder so you just have to roll the dice there. The good thing is that Julio Borbon was showing some signs of life before going on the DL himself, and when he returns in a week or two he can be back in center field and Hamilton can play in left more often than not, perhaps.