Hamilton went 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, one RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in the White Sox's 13-8 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
Hamilton was a home run shy of the cycle Wednesday, as he scored three times and drove in one. The speedy outfielder also added a steal in the game. He only had three hits in the season before his four-hit performance. The 30-year-old is receiving much more playing time than anticipated with both Luis Robert (hip) and Eloy Jimenez (pectoral) out long term. He is slashing .250/.300/.357 in 31 plate appearances.
Hamilton started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Reds.
This was the White Sox's second game without Luis Robert (hip), and Hamilton was the second guy to replace him in center field after Leury Garcia started there Tuesday. Chicago was already without Eloy Jimenez (pectoral), and right fielder Adam Eaton (knee, hamstring) was unavailable Wednesday. Pending Eaton's status, there may be at-bats for both Hamilton and Garcia. However, Hamilton is batting .136/.208/.136 over 13 games.
Hamilton (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
The 30-year-old spent the past two weeks on the shelf with a strained left hamstring, but he'll return to the active roster Friday. Hamilton is 3-for-11 with two stolen bases and two runs through six games and will rejoin the outfield mix for the White Sox.
Hamilton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain Thursday.
Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with this injury. He'd appeared in six of the first seven games of the season, hitting .273 with a pair of steals. Hamilton's absence should open up more playing time for Andrew Vaughn in left field.
Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with left hamstring tightness.
Hamilton got the start in left field, walked in his second plate appearance and swiped his second bag of the young season, but it may have come at a cost. Andrew Vaughn replaced Hamilton in left.
Hamilton started in left field and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Angels.
Hamilton is the third player to start in left field in the first four games. The White Sox have rotated players in that spot as a replacement for the injured Eloy Jimenez (pectoral). Once Adam Engel (hamstring) returns mid-month, there may be more stability in left.
Hamilton has made the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton beat out Nick Williams for the role. He might not be anything more than a pinch runner and defensive replacement, however, as it's tough to give regular at-bats to a player who's hit .210/.278/.270 over the last two seasons. He may not even stick in that limited role for long, as Adam Engel (hamstring) isn't expected to be out long.
Hamilton and Nick Williams are competing for Chicago's 26th and final roster spot, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The Eloy Jimenez (pectoral) injury created an opportunity for Hamilton and Williams, each of whom started Saturday's game. Hamilton, who stole his third base in 10 games since joining the White Sox, brings a speed element that could be useful for situational baseball, but it's likely the spot will eventually be filled when Adam Engel (hamstring) returns within the first two weeks of the regular season.
The White Sox signed Hamilton to a minor-league contract Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
After being cut loose by Cleveland over the weekend, Hamilton will now move on to the third AL Central organization of his career (having also played for the Royals in 2019). Hamilton's deal includes an invitation to big-league camp, where he'll be evaluated for a potential role as a reserve outfielder on Chicago's Opening Day roster. Even if he does break camp with the White Sox, Hamilton is unlikely to see consistent enough playing time to deliver useful stolen-base production for fantasy managers.
Hamilton was released by Cleveland on Saturday.
The move was expected after the team informed Hamilton earlier in the week that he wouldn't be winning a spot on the big-league roster. The 30-year-old can still cover ground in the outfield and has great speed, but he may not earn anything more than a role as a late-season pinch-running specialist, as he's hit just .234/.294/.317 over the last four seasons.
Hamilton has been informed that he will not make Cleveland's Opening Day roster, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Manager Terry Francona said the team will attempt to help him land somewhere else, which is why they announced their decision as early as they did. He was in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Hamilton signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with Cleveland on Thursday, Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extrabase reports.
Hamilton earned 36 plate appearances at the big-league level in 2020, but he hit just .125/.171/.219. More positively, even in the limited playing time he managed to steal six bases and continued to provide strong defense. While no sure thing to make the big-league roster, Hamilton lands in a good spot with the relatively thin outfield in Cleveland.
Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run, two stolen bases and three runs scored in Sunday's 10-8 win over the White Sox.
Hamilton played sparingly during the regular season and finishes the year with just a .125 batting average, but the speedy outfielder had a memorable performance in the season finale. He managed to steal home and hit his first home run since Aug. 29, 2018. Hamilton becomes the first Cubs player to swipe home and go deep in the same game since 1967, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes. The 30-year-old might earn a spot on Chicago's postseason roster due to his speed, though he's unlikely to impact a game quite like he did Sunday.
Hamilton entered as a pinch runner for Kyle Schwarber in the eighth and was able to steal second base in the inning. He did not have an official at-bat in the game.
Cubs manager David Ross made a tactical substitution by replacing Schwarber at first with the speedy Hamilton. The 30-year-old successfully stole second base and put himself in scoring position for Jason Heyward at the plate, but Heyward unfortunately struck out, stranding Hamilton at second. Hamilton has just two at-bats since joining the Cubs on Sept. 7 as he is being primarily used as a late-game replacement.
Hamilton was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Hamilton will join his third team of the season after being designated for assignment by the Mets. The speedy 29-year-old has seen much of his usage in 2020 as a pinch runner, and that could be the case with the Cubs as well. He's hitting .045 with three stolen bases over 17 games this year.
Hamilton was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Hamilton had been losing opportunities for playing time recently, and he'll be cast off the Mets' 40-man roster just one day after making a blunder on the basepaths. In 17 games with the Mets this season, Hamilton carried a 0.83 OBP with four runs and three stolen bases over 22 at-bats.
Hamilton remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins.
Hamilton initially served as the Mets' fourth outfielder when he was acquired earlier this month, but he's lost out on those duties to Jake Marisnick, who will make his second start Monday since returning from the injured list last week. Meanwhile, Hamilton has started in only one of the Mets' 12 games, as he's seemingly become a redundant piece with Marisnick offering a superior speed-oriented, defensive-minded alternative in the outfield. Hamilton could be at risk of losing his spot on the roster in the near future if the Mets elect to prioritize needs at other spots.
Hamilton got the start in center field and batted ninth during Wednesday's win over the Nationals, going 0-for-4 with a stolen base.
He reached base on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning, using his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball to second base, and then promptly stole the open bag in front of him. Hamilton's defense in center, not his offensive skill set, is his calling card now, but as long as he's getting consistent playing time the 29-year-old can still make a fantasy impact in SBs.
Hamilton's contract will be selected by the Mets on Tuesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
The expanded rosters are ideal for a player like Hamilton, who could be the best pinch runner in the league and should be a strong defensive replacement as well. With Yoenis Cespedes opting out of the season and Jake Marisnick out with a hamstring injury, there could be at-bats available in the Mets' outfield as well, though the team likely won't want to give too many to a player who owns a career .242/.297/.326 slash line.
The Mets acquired Hamilton from the Giants on Sunday in exchange for pitcher Jordan Humphreys, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
After attending summer camp with the Giants on a minor-league contract, Hamilton wasn't able to win a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster. The speedy 29-year-old stuck around with the Giants at their alternate training site in Sacramento, but with a callup to San Francisco not in the cards, Hamilton was ultimately dealt to the Mets, who have a need for a defensive-minded backup center fielder after Jake Marisnick (hamstring) was recently placed on the injured list. The Mets will need to open up a spot on the 40-man roster in order to add Hamilton to the active roster.
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