Texas Rangers News: Josh Hamilton Slated To Debut Against Former Cy Young Winner At Round Rock

Recently-acquired slugger Josh Hamilton is slated to make his first rehab start in the Texas Rangers organization at Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, and things are shaping up for a showdown with a former Cy Young Award winner in Hamilton's debut.

Here's Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News with the report:

Hamilton will face pitchers with major-league experience at Nashville. Left-hander Barry Zito, the 2002 American League Cy Young winner, is scheduled to start on Sunday. Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who opened this season in Oakland’s rotation, is listed as the starter for Monday.

Hamilton is on the disabled list because of off-season surgery to repair the AC joint in the right shoulder. He had the surgery on Feb. 4, while with the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers brought Hamilton back for a second stay with the organization on April 27.

Squaring off with MLB-caliber pitching right away should be nothing but beneficial for Hamilton as he starts to acclimate himself and inch closer to his Rangers return.

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