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Hamilton will bat eighth Wednesday against the Royals.

Hamilton, who made 171 of his first 172 career starts atop the order, was demoted from the leadoff spot Sunday after batting just .212/.264/.336 in his first 33 games of the season. It's sounding like Hamilton will remain near the bottom of the order for a while, with manager Bryan Price telling MLB.com that he's "just trying to get some guys on base for the middle of the order guys and take a little bit of the load off," and that he thinks "it'd be really nice to have [Hamilton] doing some things down at the bottom, maybe helping set the table for the top of the order." Zack Cozart is now leading off for the Reds, though Price stressed that he believes Hamilton's long-term future is in the leadoff spot.

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Hamilton will bat eighth in the order Sunday against the Giants, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.

Hamilton owns just a .264 on-base percentage on the season, and despite his baserunning ability, manager Bryan Price likely needs someone more reliable atop his lineup. It's unclear if this move is permanent, but Zack Cozart will bat leadoff Sunday afternoon.

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Hamilton is not in the lineup Saturday against the Giants.

Hamilton hit his third home run of the year in a 2-for-5 effort Friday, but manager Bryan Price suggested he would get Brennan Boesch a start this weekend and the skipper was true to his word. Boesch will start in center field and bat seventh as Zack Cozart moves up to the leadoff spot. It marks Hamilton's fourth time out of the lineup this season but just his second since Apr. 19.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 weeks ago

Hamilton has gone 0-for-8 from the plate in his past two games, most recently going hitless Monday against the Braves.

Hamilton has managed to retain his value by stealing bases, including three in his past four games, but his offensive numbers have been down. Even for a guy who isn't known for putting up power numbers, his average and on-base percentage are both down from last season.

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Hamilton is not in the lineup Sunday against the Braves, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton will get a day to clear his head after going 2-for-15 at the dish during the first three games of the series. Brennan Boesch will take over in center field, while Skip Schumaker (filling in for Marlon Byrd) will move to the top of the lineup.

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Hamilton was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday night.

He is hitting just .230, but he now has 12 swipes, and that's really what he brings to the fantasy table. He sat out a game last Sunday with a slight groin strain, but that appears to be a thing of the past. Stolen bases in bunches will always be a possibility when he's getting on base, and Hamilton took advantage of Jon Lester's unwillingness to throw over to first base in Friday's matchup.

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Hamilton went 1-for-5 in his return to the lineup Monday night.

Hamilton ended up missing just one game due to his groin issue, and was able to leg out a triple as his one hit. The center fielder is hitting just .196 but does already have eight stolen bases.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 1 month ago

Hamilton (groin) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans reports.

Hamilton will return to action after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, and he will man center field and bat leadoff as he usually does. Hamilton does not leave the yard often, but four of his seven career home runs came against Milwaukee.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 1 month ago

Hamilton (groin) will not be in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton exited Saturday's game with right groin soreness and will receive the night off to aid his recovery. After Hamilton suffered the injury, the Reds indicated that the speedster wasn't in line for a trip to the DL, though the organization's tune could change if he's slow to progress by mid-week.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 1 month ago

Hamilton is considered day-to-day with a sore right groin, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton seemingly tweaked his groin muscle while attempting to beat out an infield single in the top of the eighth inning Saturday, and was promptly pulled from the game. The Reds are indicating it's not a DL situation, but the injury could jeopardize Hamilton's status for Sunday's series finale against St. Louis and perhaps the start of the Brewers series.