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Josh Hamilton | Outfielder | #32

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/21/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 1 (1) / TB
Contract: view contract details
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Rangers re-assigned OF/1B Josh Hamilton, Cs Pat Cantwell Jose and Trevino, OF Travis Snider, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Brady Dragmire and LHP Wesley Wright to minor league camp.
Hamilton, of course, had another knee surgery last month and will be out at least until June. His days as a major leaguer might be over. Mar 20 - 5:45 PM

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Josh Hamilton underwent surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

That is the fourth procedure on Hamilton's left knee over the last 15 months. He will go through six weeks of rest and rehab before he can resume running. The veteran slugger shouldn't be counted on for much in 2017, and it's very possible that his days as a major leaguer are over. Hamilton signed a minor league contract with Texas in mid-January. He turns 36 years old in May.
Feb 27 - 2:53 PM

Josh Hamilton is flying to Houston and is likely to undergo another surgery on his left knee Monday.

The procedure is expected to "only" be of the arthroscopic variety, but it will be his fourth on the knee over the last year. The Rangers will continue to give Hamilton a chance to rehab and compete for a roster spot, but he just can't get his body to cooperate anymore. There's a pretty good chance the former MVP has played his last major league game.
Feb 26 - 10:48 AM

Josh Hamilton has no new structural damage in his surgically-repaired left knee.

Hamilton was flown to Houston on Wednesday for a thorough examination of the knee after experiencing a tweak while running Tuesday in Rangers camp. It's just some minor discomfort, but the veteran slugger won't participate in workouts for at least a couple days. He's a poor bet to stay healthy and productive in 2017.
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Josh Hamilton will have his left knee examined in Houston on Wednesday after feeling something while running on Tuesday.

It's the same knee which required surgery to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage last June. We should know more about his status soon, but this is obviously a troubling development. Hamilton, 35, didn't play at all in the majors last season and has appeared in just 139 games dating back to the start of 2014. He's in camp as a non-roster invitee this spring, but this could be the end of the line for him if he suffered another significant injury.
Feb 22 - 10:36 AM

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Josh Hamilton has been hitting thunderous bombs in batting practice at Rangers camp.

Hamilton is in camp with Texas as a non-roster invitee, trying to carve out a DH/1B role. Sullivan says the veteran slugger has been reaching the street beyond the Rangers' complex with some of his moonshots, and farm director Jayce Tingler offered that "it's just a different sound." We'll see if Hamilton can hold up physically.
Feb 20 - 3:54 PM

Josh Hamilton will work at first base during spring training.

Hamilton has had all sorts of knee problems in recent years, so it could be a way to help him stay on the field. He has already spoken with Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele about the transition to first base. The Rangers are reportedly still in talks with Mike Napoli and the addition of Hamilton doesn't necessarily change that. The likely best-case scenario is that Hamilton sees part-time duty between first base and the DH spot. And yes, the Angels are still on the hook for his contract in 2017.
Jan 17 - 1:28 PM

Rangers signed OF Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal has been expected to get done for a while and now it's official. Hamilton turns 36 in May and didn't play a single game in the majors in 2016 after undergoing surgery in June to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He was cleared by Rangers' doctors in December and hopes to be 100 percent for spring training, but it's tough to count on him to be a major contributor. As part of his contract, he can request his release if he's not on the major-league roster on April 1.
Jan 17 - 12:21 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that there's a "good chance" the Rangers re-sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wilson says the Rangers' doctors cleared Hamilton after examining his surgically-repaired left knee on Thursday. The former MVP is hoping to be 100 percent heading into spring training, although that's certainly no given considering his knee issues the last two seasons. Hamilton will turn 36 in May and hasn't been very productive the last few years when healthy. It would be a surprise if he's a major contributor in 2017.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that the club plans to watch Josh Hamilton (knee) work out before Christmas.

Hamilton has received clearance from doctors after undergoing surgery in June to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He was released by the Rangers in August, but they haven't ruled out a reunion. He'd probably have to settle for a spring training invite at this point.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Rangers activated OF Josh Hamilton from the 60-day disabled list; placed him on unconditional release waivers.

Hamilton underwent surgery in June for an ACL injury and to repair arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. The 35-year-old outfielder is still owed $28.4 million in 2017, but the Angels are on the hook for most of that. He didn't appear in a single game this season and will turn 36 years old next May. It probably won't be a very fruitful free agent market for him.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of spring training in 2017.

Hamilton underwent surgery for an ACL injury and to repair arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. He is due $28.4 million in 2017, though the Angels are on the hook for most of that.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 02:46:00 PM

While Josh Hamilton was undergoing surgery to repair arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee, the surgeon discovered an ACL injury.

After the surgeon saw the issue, Hamilton subsequently underwent an ACL reconstruction. He had already been expected to miss the rest of the regular season while recovering from the surgery to repair his cartilage. This does nothing to change that equation for the 35-year-old outfielder, but instead merely adds another hurdle he will have to overcome in rehab.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 06:36:00 PM

Josh Hamilton needs another surgery on his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Hamilton's season never actually got started, as he was bothered by the knee in spring training and got pulled off a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month due to continued soreness. After going for a second opinion, he has decided to go ahead with the surgery, which will take place on June 8. The 35-year-old vows to make it back next season. He's owed $30 million in 2017, with the Angels picking up most of the tab.
Mon, May 23, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Rangers transferred OF Josh Hamilton to the 60-day disabled list.

This was done merely as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-signed Drew Stubbs. There remains no clear timetable for when Hamilton will resume baseball activities.
Sat, May 7, 2016 12:22:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4Brett Hayes
5Steven Lerud
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
3Doug Bernier
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Jurickson Profar
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Delino DeShields
3Jared Hoying
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Cesar Puello
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Joey Gallo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Mike Hauschild
8Dillon Gee
9Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Keone Kela
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Eddie Gamboa
10Nick Martinez
11Jose Leclerc
12Dario Alvarez
13Anthony Bass