Hamilton (knee) was released by the Rangers on Friday after it was revealed that he would need another right knee surgery.
The embattled veteran re-injured his knee while rehabbing it, so the Rangers opted to just set him loose rather than continue to wait out his constant knee ailments. Hamilton does have some decent major-league numbers to his name, but between being well past his prime and his inability to stay healthy, this could spell the end of his playing career.
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 in 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. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, that return could come as early as next week following a platelet-rich plasma injection to the knee.
Hamilton experienced pain in his left knee Tuesday and flew to Houston to consult with his surgeon, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It's scary news for Hamilton, who underwent ACL surgery on the same knee last season. After progressing through the offseason without any setbacks, the 36-year-old felt a "tweak" while running the bases and immediately left for Houston. Hamilton has been trying to make a transition to first base in an effort to earn a spot on the opening day roster, but this could be a damaging hindrance to those aspirations.
Hamilton agreed to minor league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
It's difficult to expect much from the 35-year-old given his struggles over the past few years. The lefty didn't play a major league game last year and hasn't played 100-plus games in a season since 2013 due to health issues. Even in 2013, his numbers weren't near the All-Star level he produced in Texas previously. He will attempt to transition to first base in an effort to make the Opening Day roster. Hamilton can request his release if he doesn't make the big league roster out of camp.
Hamilton was placed on release waivers Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Although Hamilton is in the process of being released, the move was entirely procedural. The Rangers and Hamilton had agreed to the move so that he could sign a minor league contract and remain with the organization.
Hamilton (knee) expects to be 100 percent before spring training next season, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his knee but appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab. It's still too early to say anything definitive, but the good news is that he apparently is feeling better than expected and hasn't encountered any setbacks. Unfortunately, it's hard to see where Hamilton fits in with next year's Rangers team, as Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo all loom as superior internal corner outfield options and the Rangers also have a surplus of DH options. The Rangers will owe Hamilton $2 million for 2017 and he becomes a free agent in 2018.
Hamilton, who underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair damaged cartilage, also underwent an ACL reconstruction, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
According to Wilson, Hamilton's surgeon discovered the ACL issue during the surgery Wednesday. Given that Hamilton was already slated to miss the remainder of the season, it's unclear how the ACL reconstruction on top of the other repairs will alter his timeline. If Hamilton is able to make a full recovery, he figures to be able to return at some point in 2017, but his constant health issues in recent years make him a difficult fantasy commodity to trust.
Hamilton will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the 2016 season, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
He'll have the procedure in early June, but Hamilton's focus will be trying to get healthy enough to contribute in some capacity in 2017. Given the Rangers' outfield depth (even with the recent return of Shin-Soo Choo to the DL), Hamilton's playing time outlook upon return this season was cloudy.
Hamilton (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.
The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Rangers to sign Drew Stubbs to a big league contract, and Hamilton's estimated return date has not changed. Hamilton had a setback with his left knee last weekend and won't be an option until early June at the earliest.
Hamilton (knee) has returned to Arlington and has stopped baseball-related activities, Alykhan Ravjiani of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton is reporting some weakness in his knee in addition to just pain, so it doesn't sound like he will be back any time soon.
Hamilton suffered a setback with his left knee injury and has been pulled off his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Hamilton experienced soreness while running the bases during his appearance with Frisco on Saturday, requiring a cortisone shot after the game to manage the pain. It's not overly encouraging that Hamilton is already hurting one game into his rehab assignment, but the Rangers don't believe this setback is a significant one. Hamilton could be cleared to resume the rehab assignment as soon as next week.
Hamilton (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The Rangers will ease Hamilton back into active competition, starting him with five innings Saturday and building from there. He figures to require a lengthy rehab assignment after missing all of spring training, possibly close to the maximum 20 days. It's uncertain what role he will fill upon his return, but at 34, Hamilton is no longer suited for an everyday role.
Hamilton (knee) hopes to begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco by April 30th, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton is currently in extended spring training and will remain there likely until he can play five innings in the field. The 34-year-old is still targeting a mid-May return, although it could change should he experience any set backs during his rehab assignment.
Hamilton (knee) will head to extended spring training Friday to begin playing games, initially as the DH, before a minor league rehab assignment, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Texas wants Hamilton to be able to play five innings in the field in extended spring before starting a formal rehab assignment. He could be back slightly before the current May 15 projection, given that schedule, though a lot will be determined once he starts playing.
Hamilton (knee) has begun to take live batting practice in extended spring training but has yet to be cleared for game action, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.
Hamilton continued to trend toward a mid-May return, though it will gain more clarity once he begins to play in games again.
Hamilton (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
The Rangers aren't expecting Hamilton to be ready to rejoin the team until the middle of May while he continue his recovery from a left knee issue, so the DL placement doesn't come as much of a shocker. Once healthy, Hamilton may be limited to a reserve role, as the Rangers boast several attractive options in the outfield.
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