Hamilton progressing toward return with agility drills

Hamilton progressing toward return with agility drills

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton did agility drills on the field Sunday, planned to do straight-ahead sprints on Monday and could make his spring debut as early as Thursday, though the Angels' outfielder doesn't want to put a precise time frame on his recovery.

"Nobody can win with time frames," Hamilton said.

Tuesday will mark exactly two weeks -- the minimum amount of time he was expected to be out -- since Hamilton strained his left calf during a baserunning drill. Shortly after that, the 32-year-old outfielder ditched the crutches, began hitting and throwing off one leg, then progressed towards running on a treadmill and hitting on the field.

Hamilton typically likes to get somewhere between 45 and 55 at-bats to get ready for the regular season, and he feels he'll have enough time to get that if he returns by the end of the week.

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