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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