Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points last season, as he walked at an increased rate and hit the ball on the ground more frequently. In turn, he was able to better capitalize on his elite speed -- Hamilton finished with a career-high 58 stolen bases in just 119 games. He said in December that he's fully recovered from the oblique injury which cost him the final month.
Hamilton said Friday that he feels fully recovered from the left oblique injury which ended his 2016 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The oblique strain knocked him out of action in early September, cutting short what was a very positive campaign for Hamilton, offensively. Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points from 2015 and improved his groundball rate by five percent while swiping 55-plus bags for a third consecutive season. He continued to provide stellar defense in center field, making him an attractive trade target for other teams as he enters his first winter of arbitration eligibility. According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are listening but would have to be "really, really motivated by an offer" to trade Hamilton.
It now "sounds unlikely" that
At this point in the season we've seen satisfactory progress from Hamilton at the plate, and there's no urgent need to bring him out at anything less than full capacity, at least from the
The move is retroactive to Sept. 5 and does not impact a potential return date for Hamilton, as he was not expected to return from his strained oblique until sometime next week at the earliest. Jose Peraza has been manning center field and doing a solid job (.324/.350/.410 and 15 steals in 183 plate appearances this season) in his absence.
Hamilton (oblique) still has not been cleared to resume baseball activities, MLB.com reports.
The major league stolen-base leader continues to rehab daily but the oblique has not shown enough improvement to allow him to return to baseball-related activity. Hamilton is hoping to return to action this season, but he remains without a timetable and it sound like a return is far from guaranteed, as he said the injury is "something they're being very, very cautious with." Hamilton said that if his season is indeed over, he will be pleased but not content with his progress at the plate.
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