Hamilton making progress from calf strain

Hamilton making progress from calf strain

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, yet to play in a Cactus League game this spring, could make his debut within a week.

Hamilton strained his left calf during a baserunning drill 10 days ago, and the initial prognosis was he would miss at least two weeks. Hamilton will hit live batting practice on the field Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia said.

"We'll go from there," Scioscia said. "He's getting there and hopefully we'll see him in games in a week or so."

Hamilton, who has been running at 90 percent on a treadmill in recent days, previously said he usually needs between 45 and 55 plate appearances to be ready for the regular season.

Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.