Josh Hamilton is hoping to be able to pinch hit for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers by Sunday.

Hamilton said Thursday that all has gone well since his arthroscopic surgery Friday of last week to clean up the meniscus in his left knee.

The 2010 AL MVP is still hopeful of playing full games again before the end of the regular season. Hamilton has had only two pinch-hitting appearances since Sept. 1, when he was activated after being on the 15-day disabled list for inflammation in his left knee.

"We're not at all worried about the knee now," Hamilton said. "Realistically, hopefully pinch hitting by Sunday. Then we'll play it day to day."

The outfielder is hitting .257 with six homers and 21 RBI in 40 games this season for Texas.

Hamilton said he hoped to take batting practice on the field with the Rangers on Friday, which would be a week after his arthroscopic surgery. He started swinging a bat indoors again Wednesday, hitting balls off a tee and soft toss. He has also been running on a treadmill.

"The biggest thing now is to make sue the legs are in shape," Hamilton said.

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