"He said it was tight, so I told him to get out of here," manager Ron Washington said.
Hamilton had a double that drove in two runs in the fifth, giving the Rangers the lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.
Hamilton had avoided any minor injury issues this spring. He arrived lighter, and has played some left field and center. He is hitting .236 and has yet to hit a home run but said he feels like his swing is making progress less than a week before Opening Day.