Josh Hamilton is making his return to baseball tonight when his Texas Rangers face the Los Angeles Angels.
Now a two-time All-Star, he'll be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after recovering from abdominal surgery. He played in a doubleheader with the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks this Sunday, going 2-for-7 with a double, a triple, and one stolen base, but was just 4-for-27 in six games overall during the rehab stint.
Hamilton, who hit an impressive .304 with 32 longballs and an American League-best 130 RBIs last season, is batting .240 with six homers and 24 RBIs in just 35 games this season. Still, he managed to beat out Torii Hunter -- batting .304 with 17 bombs and 63 RBIs -- for the starting centerfielder position on this year's AL All-Star team. A travesty.
To make room for Hamilton, the Rangers will send Chris Davis down to Oklahoma City see if he can stop sucking at baseball someday. The struggling first baseman is batting .202 and leads the big leagues with 114 strikeouts. Geez, good riddance.
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