TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has started to run on a treadmill, the latest step in a recovery from a strained left calf that could have him back on the field within a week.
"It's a progression, but it's been a lot quicker than I expected," Hamilton said Thursday morning. "There's nothing unusual. We're doing it quickly, but doing it safely. It's coming back good and quick and strong, and it feels good."
Hamilton strained his calf during a baserunning drill eight days ago, with the initial prognosis being that he'd miss at least two weeks. Hamilton has pretty much been hitting and throwing ever since, starting off on one knee to relieve pressure off his left leg for only the first few days.
Once he can sprint, he'll be cleared to play.
And once he starts playing, Hamilton says he typically needs 45 to 55 Spring Training plate appearances to be ready for the regular season, which could be made up in two to three weeks.
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