Hamilton went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. The steal was Hamilton's sixth in his last seven games and 50th of the season. He has now reached 50 steals in four straight seasons, but Hamilton is batting just .247 with a .297 on-base percentage, and those struggles raise questions about his future as a leadoff hitter.
Hamilton went 1-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and three stolen bases in Friday's 11-10 win over the Brewers. The walks were a nice surprise, as Hamilton hadn't drawn a single free pass in his previous 10 games, but neither team's pitching staff seemed capable of consistently finding the plate in this one. The speedster now has a career-high 73 runs, and his 48 steals in 108 games puts him easily on pace to top his previous best of 58 in a season, but Hamilton remains strictly a two-category fantasy contributor.
Hamilton is out of the lineup Thursday against San Diego, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Hamilton heads to the bench for the first time since July 22 as Patrick Kivlehan draws the start in center. Although he's had a typical season in 2017, Hamilton has cooled off recently, batting just .197/.246/.328 with 15 strikeouts over the past 15 games.
Hamilton (ankle) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, batting leadoff and playing center field. Although Hamilton was lifted from Tuesday's game in the eighth inning after tweaking his ankle, but it seems that a night of rest was all it took to get him back in game shape. He'll resume his perch atop Cincinnati's batting order as he looks to improve his .254 batting average while swiping bases at a torrid pace.
Hamilton was removed from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent ankle injury, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Hamilton put together a massive day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBI, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. After the game, manager Bryan Price reported that Hamilton was dealing with an ankle injury. The specifics of the ankle injury haven't been revealed, so the speedy center fielder will be considered day-to-day for now.
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