Texas Rangers: Josh Hamilton Experiment is Over?
By Andrew Webb
The Josh Hamilton comeback might have to take a backseat, at least for now. Hamilton injured his knee earlier in the week, and is now being reevaluated in Houston.
Josh Hamilton is seeking a comeback to the MLB, after missing all of the 2016 season. Latest reports are that Hamilton is heading back to Houston for the second time this week to have his left knee examined. The Texas Rangers might have to end the J-Ham experiment before it begins.
According to Jeff Wilson, Hamilton is expected to have arthroscopic surgery on Monday. If he has surgery Hamilton could still return to the field this season. The Rangers haven’t discussed Hamilton’s future with the club, but believe he can still play.
The former MVP was invited to camp on a minor-league deal. Hamilton was attempting to grab a DH role or even a backup first baseman spot, but his healthy is the main concern right now.
On Wednesday Hamilton was given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee. The knee didn’t respond after two days of riding a stationary bicycle according to Jeff Wilson.
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When asked about Hamilton, assistant general manager Mike Daly said “Josh felt and Dr. Lowe felt it would for him good for him to get back down there for an exam.” The Rangers organization does not want to rush Hamilton back to the field.
A crushing blow to not only Hamilton, but the Rangers as well. The five-time All-Star has 200 career home runs, with a .290 batting average, and when healthy can be a real threat in any Major League batting order. All the team can do now is wait and hope for the best.