There are two ways to view Billy Hamilton's 2015 season. He got on base at mere .274 clip, raising questions about his ability to hit well enough to be a leadoff hitter or a major leaguer of any sort over the long term. On the other hand, despite his low on-base percentage, Hamilton stole 57 bases while getting thrown out only eight times. A shoulder injury also limited Hamilton to`114 games. At age 25, Hamilton is getting to the point where one has to wonder how much upside he has left, but with a full season of plate appearances, he could still be a difference-maker. Even in points leagues, Hamilton could be a top 30 outfielder.
Hamilton, who is hitting, throwing and lifting weights, expects to be at 100 percent by the start of spring training, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery in late-September, and after 4-to-6 weeks of rest and recovery, he was finally cleared to resume hitting in early-December. The speedy outfielder admits he is not yet at full health, but certainly expects to be at that level during spring training. It will be a trying camp for the 25-year-old, who will look to put together some quality spring at-bats in an effort to regain his spot atop the batting order.
Hamilton (shoulder) has been cleared to begin hitting, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Now a little more than two months removed from right shoulder surgery, Hamilton has been cleared to take the next step in his rehab, and he is expected to resume throwing in January. The 25-year-old struggled throughout 2015, ultimately losing his spot atop the order and finishing with a .563 OPS. His health and performance in spring training will be monitored closely.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton had shoulder surgery Tuesday, after which the Reds suggested he would be out 4-6 weeks before resuming baseball activities. The Reds also revealed that Hamilton will continue to bat from both sides of the plate, and will spend much of the offseason working with a hitting coach on his approach from the left side. "We've actually had more conversation about having him remain hitting from the left side because of the historical perspective of guys who started [switch-hitting] that late in life and what it took for them to kind of get over the hump and become proficient," Bryan Price said. "Some of the more outstanding players, they stuck with it and were able to master it. I don't think anyone here is ready to turn the page on that idea."
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Friday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Hamilton's had injuries to both shoulders this year, and though the team initially expressed optimism about his status, things changed pretty rapidly. It seems likely that Hamilton will be ready in time for spring training next season, but more updates will surely be released in time.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Cardinals. Hamilton continues to battle a shoulder issue that occurred last week Monday, and it will once again sideline him Monday against the Cardinals. Jason Bourgeois will replace him in center field and lead off for the Reds.