It looks like Josh Hamilton will be ready for Opening Day after all. According to Alden Gonzalez, the Los Angeles Angels left fielder plans to make his Cactus League debut Monday following a calf injury suffered last month.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 16, 2014
“Hambone” strained his calf during base running drills less than a week into spring training. An MRI confirmed the injury and left him on crutches throughout February. Despite the injury, Hamilton has remained confident that he would be ready for Opening Day.
The former AL MVP told Alden Gonzalez that he plans on getting somewhere between 45 and 55 at-bats before the Angels begin their season on March 31. He expects to start tomorrow against the San Francisco Giants in the Angels last split squad game of the season. The rest of the team travels to Mesa, Ariz. to take on the Chicago Cubs.