By Evan Brunell
Josh Hamilton took 125 swings with a fungo bat off a tee Friday in a major step forward in his rehab from a fractured humerus bone in his right arm.
Hamilton was expected to return to the Rangers in late May or early June, but may have pushed up that timetable to mid- to late-May.
"Two to three weeks," Hamilton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The biggest thing is just letting the bone heal. That's what is holding me back. Physically, running around and throwing is fine."
Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz ran sprints Friday to test his sore right quad in an attempt to force his way back into the lineup Saturday after injuring his quad in Wednesday's game.
"He was stronger and he maintained his stride well," manager Ron Washington told the Dallas News. We'll see what Dr. [Keith] Meister says and go from there."
The Rangers are down to three active outfielders and need Cruz to return shortly. Otherwise, a roster move will have to be made. Earlier Friday, Texas activated closer Neftali Feliz from the disabled list but opted to retain an extra pitcher so Texas does have a way to add an outfielder to the squad without having to disable Cruz.