Josh Hamilton entered the 2016 campaign with a lingering knee issue that was expected to clear up by mid-May. Things turned south very quickly, however, as he was only able to appear in one rehab game with Double-A Frisco before aggravating the ailment and heading back under the knife to repair some cartilage and reconstruct his ACL. The 35-year-old re-signed with the Rangers on a minor league pact over the offseason, but given the tumult his body has been through and the numerous alternatives the Rangers have to patrol the outfield, it's highly unlikely that Hamilton will have much of an impact in the big leagues in 2017.
Hamilton (knee) will stay in Houston for post-op rehab, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Hamilton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his meniscus Monday and the current timetable has him rehabbing for six weeks before running again. The 35-year-old tweaked his left knee running the bases at the beginning of spring camp, a devastating blow for the five-time All-Star. Hamilton will be out of action for most of the spring, but could continue his comeback attempt sometime in April.
Hamilton (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair the meniscus in his left knee, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. As expected, the veteran outfielder had another procedure performed on his knee to try to right the ship and get him back into playing shape. The current timetable has Hamilton rehabbing for six weeks prior to running again, so it seems that any hopes of playing on Opening Day are out of the question. A firmer return date should come forth as he recovers from this operation.
Hamilton (knee) is headed to Houston to have his knee examined Monday and will likely need to have more surgery on his left knee, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. This is tough news for the 35-year-old, who was looking to return to the majors after missing all of 2016 recovering from a torn ACL on the same left knee. It's unknown how serious it is, but there is a good chance Hamilton may never be healthy enough to play in the majors again.
Hamilton (knee) said he'll ride a stationary bike and participate in treatment for about two days, and he hopes to swinging in the batting cage by the end of the weekend, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Hamilton recently received good news as his MRI showed no structural damage. He could be ready for a nearly full spring workload sometime next week. Fantasy owners in mixed leagues shouldn't plan on drafting him yet, outside of extremely deep games, but AL-only competitors will be watching intently to see whether he can carve out consistent at-bats via a productive exhibition performance.
Hamilton (knee) recently underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Hamilton tweaked his surgically-repaired knee this past Tuesday, and flew to Houston to consult with his surgeon, but it appears to be OK shape. The veteran outfielder, who was signed to a minor league deal this offseason, will scale back his baseball activities for a few days before attempting to give it a go once more.