Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
2 days ago

Hamilton said Friday that he feels fully recovered from the left oblique injury which ended his 2016 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The oblique strain knocked him out of action in early September, cutting short what was a very positive campaign for Hamilton, offensively. Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points from 2015 and improved his groundball rate by five percent while swiping 55-plus bags for a third consecutive season. He continued to provide stellar defense in center field, making him an attractive trade target for other teams as he enters his first winter of arbitration eligibility. According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are listening but would have to be "really, really motivated by an offer" to trade Hamilton.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
2 months ago

It now 'sounds unlikely' that Hamilton (left oblique) will be able to return this season, Zach Buchanan from the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

At this point in the season we've seen satisfactory progress from Hamilton at the plate, and there's no urgent need to bring him out at anything less than full capacity, at least from the Reds point of view.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (left oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The move is retroactive to Sept. 5, and does not impact a potential return date for Hamilton, as he was not expected to return from a strained oblique until sometime next week, at the earliest. Jose Peraza has been manning center field and doing a solid job (.324/.350/.410 and 15 steals in 183 plate appearances this season) in his absence.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique) still has not been cleared to resume baseball activities, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The major league stolen-base leader continues to rehab daily but the oblique has not shown enough improvement to allow him to return to baseball-related activity. Hamilton is hoping to return to action this season, but he remains without a timetable and it sound like a return is far from guaranteed, as he said the injury is "something they're being very, very cautious with." Hamilton said that if his season is indeed over, he will be pleased but not content with his progress at the plate.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers, according to Jamie Ramsey of MLB.com.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday as he continues to recover from his nagging oblique injury. Jose Peraza will get the start in center field for the Reds on Tuesday night.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique) remains sidelined as of Monday, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

EDGE Analysis

The Reds have already given Hamilton a week off to recover from his strained oblique, and it turns out he will need even more time to get back to 100 percent. Jose Peraza and Tyler Holt will continue handling the center field duties with Hamilton out.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique) has not yet begun baseball activities, but he and the Reds are still aiming to get him back on the field again this season.

EDGE Analysis

However, it's not a given that he'll return. If Billy is inactive from baseball activity for two weeks or 10 days or whatever, then we need to decide what he needs to get back ready to go," manager Bryan Price said. "I think for a hitter, it might be a little easier, because he could still help as a defender and baserunner, even if he can't swing the bat -- if we're not risking re-injury by him doing the other things.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique), who is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game, will not travel with the Reds for their upcoming series in Pittsburgh, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

There is of course the possibility Hamilton will join the Reds in Pittsburgh, but he is staying in Cincinnati to undergo treatment on his injured oblique, so it seems more likely that he will be sidelined at least through Sunday. Jose Peraza and Tyler Holt will be the top options in center field until Hamilton is ready to get back on the field.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Hamilton (oblique) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets, according to Jamie Ramsey of MLB.com.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton was not expected to start Tuesday as a result of the oblique injury he suffered Sunday, and it turns out that will indeed be the case. The Reds don't have much reason to push Hamilton's recovery, and manager Bryan Price said Monday Hamilton could be out 3-to-5 days, so he figures to miss further action beyond Tuesday's contest.

Billy Hamilton
CF CIN
3 months ago

Manager Bryan Price indicated Monday that Hamilton (oblique) would likely be held out of the lineup for at least the next three-to-five days, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton, who suffered the left oblique injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is set to undergo an ultrasound Monday, which should provide a better indication of the severity of his injury. Even if it's revealed to be a low-level strain, Price suggested the Reds wouldn't rush Hamilton back into action, a sound approach given the team's status as a non-playoff contender. So long as Hamilton remains sidelined, Jose Peraza, who is in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Mets, figures to see the bulk of the duties in center field.