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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
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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

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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

There is no timetable for when Josh Hamilton (knee) will resume baseball activities.

Hamilton was pulled off his rehab assignment after just one game after feeling soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's been given a cortisone shot and is working out at the Texas Metroplex Institute in Arlington. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels conceded that it's unlikely Hamilton will ever be 100 percent healthy again. "I don’t think that’s anybody’s expectation at this point. It’s more about getting to a level where he’s comfortable playing on it," he said.
Fri, May 6, 2016 11:16:00 AM

Josh Hamilton has been pulled off his rehab assignment after feeling soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee during his first rehab game Saturday.

Sadly, this comes as no surprise. Hamilton has been given a cortisone shot and the Rangers aren't ruling out him resuming his rehab assignment later this week, but that obviously isn't a given to happen. Hamilton had been expected back in mid-May, but that surely won't happen now.
Sun, May 1, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

Hamilton is slated to play five innings in the outfield on Saturday as he works himself back into game shape. He isn't expected to be an option for the Rangers until mid-May, assuming he can avoid any further setbacks.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 08:20:00 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment April 30 with Double-A Frisco.

Hamilton will spend the next few weeks at the Rangers' spring training complex in Arizona, going through drills and eventually playing in extended spring training games. The veteran outfielder could be ready by mid-May if he is able to avoid setbacks. It's not clear exactly how Hamilton is going to fit in the Rangers' outfield mix, but these things have a tendency of sorting themselves out. Ian Desmond has struggled mightily.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) will start playing in extended spring training games when the Rangers begin their next road trip.

That road trip begins on April 22. He'll head out for a rehab assignment after he gets a few extended spring training games under his belt. Hamilton's return date is still a moving target but it's likely he'll be back sometime in May. With Ian Desmond struggling in left field, Hamilton could be headed for an everyday role upon his return.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 06:48:00 PM

Rangers placed OF Josh Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, with left knee inflammation.

Hamilton's rehab from a nagging left knee issue is going well, but he's not expected back until mid-May. Even at that point, he'll likely be a bench player with Ian Desmond handling left field.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4Steven Lerud
1B1Jurickson Profar
2Ronald Guzman
3Josh Hamilton
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
3Doug Bernier
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Ryan Rua
2Travis Snider
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
9Dario Alvarez
10Nick Martinez
11Jose Leclerc
12Andrew Faulkner