Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Josh Hamilton has knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS MN- AUGUST 12 Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game Getty Images
Melissa Porter | 28 February, 2017, 03:56

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors. This is the fourth procedure on his left knee over the past 15 months.

The Rangers acknowledge Hamilton might require arthroscopic knee surgery.

Hamilton will spend six weeks on the shelf before being able to resume running.

Hamilton then returned on Thursday to camp and experienced pain after he rode a stationary bike.

He is now signed on a minor league contract with the Rangers after not playing in 2016 due to injuries. There's a pretty good chance the former MVP has played his last major league game. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan tweets that Hamilton will be out "well into the season", but adds that there's been no talk of him calling it a career just yet.

Texas manager Jeff Banister said the knee problem is disappointing for Hamilton as he entered camp feeling strong. Anaheim remains on the hook for the vast majority of that deal, as the Rangers were only picking up $2MM of his salary on an annual basis following the deal.

This season is the final year of a five-year contract of $125 million Hamilton signed prior to the 2013 season as a free agent with the Angels.