Billy Hamilton CF CIN 3 weeks ago

Hamilton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton has really struggled at the dish in the month of July, collecting just four hits in 27 at-bats. Despite just the .207 OBP, he's still managed to nab four bases thanks in part to a two-base effort Saturday. He'll take a seat Sunday, with Jason Bourgeois starting in his place and batting eighth for the Reds.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 1 month ago

Hamilton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.

Hamilton has made six straight starts in center field, but will give way to Jason Bourgeois for the afternoon contest. It was probably time for a regular day off for Hamilton, who is hitting .237/.302/.237 in his last 10 games.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 1 month ago

Hamilton is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

The 37-year-old Marlon Byrd will man center field for the first time since 2013, as Hamilton sits after 13 consecutive starts. Hamilton does have 15 stolen bases this month (18 attempts) but only one extra-base hit since May 15, resulting in a .296 slugging percentage for the season (fifth-worst among qualifiers).

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton was electric on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 with five stolen bases, a double, a walk and a run scored.

It was his best game since missing time earlier in the week with a wrist problem and the speedster gave Chicago's defense fits all day. Despite a season-long slump at the plate Hamilton has still managed to rack up 31 steals and 30 runs scored, fulfilling his niche as a fantasy contributor, and his number should benefit as he improves on his current .224 batting average.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton (wrist) is back in the lineup Friday batting ninth, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

After missing three games with a wrist issue Hamilton is back in there, which should eliminate any thoughts of him hitting the DL. That said, he was hitting just .222 before the injury so all he is bringing to the table right now is steals.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton (wrist) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

Thursday's absence marks Hamilton's third straight, but the team has not suggested the 24-year-old is any worse than day-to-day with the wrist injury. Kris Negron will start in center field for the second day in a row after Brennan Boesch got the nod Tuesday.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton (wrist) is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second straight day, according to Jamie Ramsey of the Reds.

Manager Bryan Price downplayed Hamilton's injury when asked about it Tuesday, but the setback has now kept him sidelined for two games. Kris Negron will get the start in center field Wednesday in Hamilton's place.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a wrist/hand issue.

Manager Bryan Price said that Hamilton is "banged up" a little after Monday's game. It doesn't appear that Hamilton's injury is a major concern at this point and he'll likely return to the lineup in the next few days.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.

Hamilton was last held out of the lineup May 24, and he hasn't recorded an extra-base hit since May 15. He's truly been a two-category contributor this season, on pace for nine home runs, 49 RBI, 84 runs and 72 stolen bases, with a .222/.264/.308 slash line. Hamilton's starting job doesn't seem to be in danger, but he also hasn't made any case to be moved up from the ninth spot in the lineup. Skip Schumaker will start in center field Tuesday night.

Billy Hamilton CF CIN 2 months ago

Hamilton went 2-for-4 Saturday with a run scored, two RBI and his 20th steal of the season.

He continues to have trouble getting on base, slashing .228/.268/.327 on the year, but Hamilton does plenty of damage once he does get on. He's now 20-for-23 on stolen base attempts, a marked improvement on his 2014 efficiency, but if he can't improve at the plate he'll remain stuck hitting ninth for the foreseeable future.