Hamilton says he’s ready to play

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is swinging and catching.

Hamilton took 20 swings with his own bat off a tee and then 20 swings off tossed pitches in the batting cage Tuesday, a day after hitting off a tee with a fungo bat. He then shagged balls in the outfield during batting practice.

Hamilton, the majors’ leading hitter who hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of two broken ribs, anticipates playing a game this weekend before the playoffs begin next week for the AL West champion Rangers.

Hamilton seemed to be moving with ease in the outfield, though he didn’t throw any balls. He says he feels fine despite some tightness in his side.

The Rangers outfielder is hitting .361 with 31 home runs and 97 RBIs.