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Hamilton running, nearing Cactus debut

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton ran the bases at the Angels' Spring Training complex for the first time on Saturday morning, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he "felt great" doing so.

Running the bases is the final step in Hamilton's recovery from a strained left calf, which he suffered during a baserunning drill on Feb. 25. If he doesn't feel uncommon soreness on Sunday, the Angels' outfielder could make his Cactus League debut as early as Monday -- the Angels' third and final split-squad day, with the home game coming against the Giants.

But Scioscia was non-committal when asked specifically about a Monday return, saying: "We're looking at at least one recovery day, and then we'll see where he is. But early next week is when we're anticipating him being ready to play."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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