Surprise stuff: Hamilton arrives early

February, 19, 2010
2/19/10
10:22
AM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A few quick notes from Friday morning in the Rangers' clubhouse, where players were busy with their physicals. The workouts don't begin until 10:30 a.m. out here in Arizona.

* Josh Hamilton arrived today. He was smiling and ready to get going on the season. Hamilton said he learned from last year and is ready to put all of that behind him and have a strong 2010 season. We'll have more on that later. BTW, he predicted 96 wins for the Rangers this season. (He predicted 90 last year...and wasn't too far off).

* The injury situation is unchanged from yesterday. I did talk with Toby Hall, who said he's throwing to bases, but doing so before any team activities because he can't quite let it go all the way yet. He said he's been swinging a bat fine and is catching fine, so he's getting close. "If I get three weeks of games to get as many at-bats as I can, I'll be fine," Hall said.

* Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he didn't get a chance to throw to bases on Thursday as planned. He hopes to get that done in the next few days.

* Some of the pitchers in camp will throw to live hitters today. We'll let you know how they look.

That's all for now. Check back in periodically all day for updates. Also, you can follow me on Twitter here.

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