The Texas Rangers will activate outfielder Josh Hamilton from the disabled list on Monday, according to Jeff Wilson on Twitter. Wilson says Hamilton will fly tomorrow to Cleveland, where the Rangers start a series with the Indians on Monday.
Hamilton, of course, was acquired a few weeks back from the Los Angeles Angels in a deal where the Angels were simply seeking to unload him and try to save some money. The Rangers are reportedly on the hook for approximately $7 million between 2015-17 for Hamilton, who won the American League MVP Award while with the Rangers in 2010.
There's no word yet as to who will be sent down to make room for Hamilton, although with a three man bench currently in place, its fair to assume that it will be a reliever who goes down. Alex Claudio, who is now essentially the second lefty in the pen with Sam Freeman up, would seem to be the most likely guess.
Hamilton will presumably take over as the regular left fielder, at least against righthanded pitchers. While he is quite unlikely to be anything like the middle-of-the-order impact bat he was for Texas during most of first stint here, the Rangers are hopeful that he'll be able to be a useful corner outfielder and provide some additional offense.