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Jamal Strong: Chompin' at the Bit

Tacoma OF Jamal Strong (Getty Images)

Tacoma outfielder Jamal Strong started the season on fire with 15 hits in his first 29 at bats, but he's missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Almost ready to return to the field, Strong talked to InsidethePark.com's Joe Kaiser recently about the injury, the offseason and his huge hopes for 2004.

When Jamal Strong felt a twinge in his right hamstring on April 14 at Las Vegas, the Tacoma Rainiers weren't taking any chances. Considered one of the Seattle Mariners' top three outfield prospects heading into 2004, the Rainiers knew they had to be cautious. So despite Strong's torrid start at the plate – he was 15-29 (.517) before the injury – it was time to shut him down, at least for a...

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