Hamilton ready to make debut on Monday …
Josh Hamilton (strained left calf) felt good running the bases for the first time on Saturday, plans to make his Cactus League debut on Monday and is confident that two weeks of Spring Training will be enough time to be ready by Opening Day on March 31.
Asked Sunday morning about the possibility of starting the season on the disabled list in order to get more at-bats, Hamilton said: “That’s not even on the table right now.”
Hamilton previously said that he typically likes to get somewhere between 45 and 55 at-bats to get ready for the regular season, but he can also double up in Minor League games to do so.
Hamilton expects to run the bases again on Sunday and will approach shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice as he would a game. The Angels’ outfielder has hit in live batting practice for thee straight days and said he “felt totally different” on Saturday, with his timing and at-bats being a lot better.
The Angels play their third and final split squad of the spring on Monday, with Hamilton expected to start at home against the Giants.
“Every Spring Training is different as a player,” Hamilton said. “You come in, might feel good after the first week and you might feel good after the third week. Mentally, I feel like I’m where I need to be, because I just made the decision when I got hurt that it wasn’t going to slow me down in that aspect, because I was feeling good when I got hurt. So, I’ve just kept that positive mental mind frame.”