Hamilton was placed on release waivers Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Although Hamilton is in the process of being released, the move was entirely procedural. The Rangers and Hamilton had agreed to the move so that he could sign a minor league contract and remain with the organization.
Hamilton (knee) expects to be 100 percent before spring training next season, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his knee but appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab and is optimistic to be at full strength before next season. It's still too early to say anything definitive, but the good news is that he apparently is feeling better than expected and hasn't encountered any setbacks. There's a chance the 35-year-old could be released in the offseason given the number of question marks surrounding him, but even if he does, another big league club would likely pick him up if he proves to be healthy entering the 2017 season.
Hamilton, who underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair damaged cartilage, also underwent an ACL reconstruction, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. According to Wilson, Hamilton's surgeon discovered the ACL issue during the surgery Wednesday. Given that Hamilton was already slated to miss the remainder of the season, it's unclear how the ACL reconstruction on top of the other repairs will alter his timeline. If Hamilton is able to make a full recovery, he figures to be able to return at some point in 2017, but his constant health issues in recent years make him a difficult fantasy commodity to trust.
Hamilton will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the 2016 season, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. He'll have the procedure in early June, but Hamilton's focus will be trying to get healthy enough to contribute in some capacity in 2017. Given the Rangers' outfield depth (even with the recent return of Shin-Soo Choo to the DL), Hamilton's playing time outlook upon return this season was cloudy.
Hamilton (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday. The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Rangers to sign Drew Stubbs to a big league contract, and Hamilton's estimated return date has not changed. Hamilton had a setback with his left knee last weekend and won't be an option until early June at the earliest.