Josh Hamilton should be back, and the Texas Rangers could surely use him.
The Rangers are looking for some breathing room atop the AL West on Friday night in Arlington as they open this three-game series with the last-place Seattle Mariners.
Texas (85-58) leads the division by three games over second-place Oakland, and Hamilton is expected to get a chance to help the Rangers pad that lead.
Baseball's leader with 41 homers and 121 RBIs, Hamilton received an injection in his sore left knee after leaving Wednesday's 5-2 win over Cleveland. He sat out Thursday's 5-4 loss, as the Rangers blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but should be good to go Friday.
Hamilton is hitting .329 with six homers and 21 RBIs in his last 19 home games.
Like Hamilton, Adrian Beltre is dealing with a nagging injury, but his strained left shoulder didn't seem to bother him as he had two hits and scored twice Thursday.
Beltre has been a force at the plate in his last 22 games, batting .419 with 13 homers a...