Healing Hamilton hopes Angels will compromise on return date

Josh Hamilton hopes it's a maximum of two weeks before he's able to get back and start playing rehab games.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Friday was Josh Hamilton Bobblehead Night at Angel Stadium as Los Angeles opened a weekend series against Hamilton’s former team, the Texas Rangers.

But Hamilton wasn’t in the lineup, still rehabbing from thumb surgery. Before Friday’s game, Hamilton said he’s hoping there’s another two weeks maximum before he’s able to get back and start playing rehab games.

He suffered a torn ligament in his left hand while sliding head first into first base last month.

The injury halted what had been a terrific start to the season for Hamilton. In just eight games this season, Hamilton was hitting .444 with two home runs and six RBI.

My timetable and their timetable are two, totally different things

He was looking and feeling like his old self coming off a disappointing first season with the Angels in 2013 that saw him hit a career low .250.

Hamilton, who says he’s been taking about 70 swings off of a tee during his rehab effort, took 95 swings off the tee on Friday with his bottom hand.

"Today was the day we started cranking on it pretty good," Hamilton said.

The timetable for Hamilton’s recovery is six to eight weeks. He hasn’t quite reached the four week mark yet but says he’s scheduled to meet with the doctor on Saturday to be fitted for splints to use while swinging and throwing during his rehab.

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Hamilton says he hopes to get cleared to begin throwing by Monday.

As far as range of motion goes, Hamilton says it’s pretty close to 100 percent, and that he’s been doing "everything I need to do" to stay in shape.

That still may not be enough to get cleared before he reaches the six- or even seven-week mark of his rehab.  

"My timetable and their timetable are two, totally different things," Hamilton said. "Hopefully we can come to a compromise."