Hamilton went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Dodgers.
Hamilton's second-inning theft of second base ended a 13-game stretch without a stolen base, which represented the longest drought of his career. That prolonged skid likely quashes any chance Hamilton had at swiping 100 bags this season, but he still owns a three-steal cushion over the Nationals' Trea Turner -- who needed a four-steal game Sunday just to slide into second place -- for the league lead.
Hamilton (thumb) is back in the lineup, leading off against the Dodgers on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
He was out of the lineup Wednesday, and it late revealed that he has been playing through a nagging thumb issue that has negatively affected him at the plate over the past couple weeks. It is not clear if he is completely over the thumb issue, but at the very least it seems like it is something he can manage without needing a DL stint. Hamilton is hitting .152/.200/.152 with a 28.2 percent strikeout rate over his last 66 at-bats.
Hamilton has been fighting a minor thumb injury for a while, and it has affected his performance at the plate, which is why he is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Padres, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
It was reported this past weekend that he was "a little beat up" and he has also dealt with a shoulder injury recently. This narrative lines up perfectly with Hamilton's play at the plate, as he has a .152/.200/.152 slash line and a 28.2 percent strikeout rate and five steals over his last 66 at-bats. Per Buchanan's report, it is painful whenever Hamilton makes contact. It is unclear if this is an injury that could eventually force him to the DL, but for now he should be considered day-to-day. The Reds have an off day Thursday.
Hamilton is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The speedy center fielder has just two hits over the past week, so he'll get another day off Wednesday. Arismendy Alcantara will take over in center field to replace him.
Hamilton (undisclosed) is playing center field and batting leadoff during Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Hamilton was held out of the lineup Saturday as he was apparently feeling "a little beat up" and simply needed a day of rest. He'll slot back in at the top of the Reds' batting order Sunday against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.
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