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Josh Hamilton to take batting practice Friday

Posted May 9, 2011

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton addresses the media after receiving the AL MVP award, video courtesy KTVT.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton is set to start taking batting practice Friday, a month and a day after getting hurt.

The Texas Rangers say their slugger will take BP provided he keeps progressing in his recovery from a broken bone in his upper right arm.

Hamilton started taking some swings off a tee and soft-toss pitches with a lighter fungo bat last week, and took a few swings with his game bat for the first time Sunday. He has also been running bases, catching flyballs and making throws without any problems.

Hamilton got hurt on a headfirst dive into home plate April 12. The Rangers said then that he would be out six to eight weeks and wouldn’t swing a bat for up to a month.

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