15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 3 days ago

Hamilton suffered a setback with his left knee injury and has been pulled off his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hamilton experienced soreness soreness while running the bases during his appearance with Frisco on Saturday, requiring a cortisone shot after the game to manage the pain. It's not overly encouraging that Hamilton is already hurting one game into his rehab assignment, but the Rangers don't believe this setback is a significant one. Hamilton could be cleared to resume the rehab assignment as soon as next week.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 4 days ago

Hamilton (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Saturday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rangers will ease Hamilton back into active competition, starting him with five innings Saturday and building from there. He figures to require a lengthy rehab assignment after missing all of spring training, possibly close to the maximum 20 days. It's uncertain what role he will fill upon his return, but at 34, Hamilton is no longer suited for an everyday role.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 2 weeks ago

Hamilton (knee) hopes to begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco by April 30th, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hamilton is currently in extended spring training and will remain there likely until he can play five innings in the field. The 34-year-old is still targeting a mid-May return, although it could change should he experience any set backs during his rehab assignment.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 2 weeks ago

Hamilton (knee) will head to extended spring training Friday to begin playing games, initially as the DH, before a minor-league rehab assignment according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Texas wants Hamilton to be able to play five innings in the field in extended spring before starting a formal rehab assignment. He could be back slightly before the current May 15 projection given that schedule, though a lot will be determined once he starts playing.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 3 weeks ago

Hamilton (knee) has begun to take live batting practice in extended spring training but has yet to be cleared for game action, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hamilton continued to trend toward a mid-May return, though it will gain more clarity once he begins to play in games again.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 1 month ago

Hamilton (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rangers aren't expecting Hamilton to be ready to rejoin the team until the middle of May while he continue his recovery from a left knee issue, so the DL placement doesn't come as much of a shocker. Once healthy, Hamilton may be limited to a reserve role, as the Rangers boast several attractive options in the outfield.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 1 month ago

Hamilton (knee) is expected to return in mid-May and won't require a stint on the 60-day disabled list, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hamilton is already slated to start the year on the disabled list after dealing with some requisite knee soreness following offseason knee surgery. However, the Rangers are comfortable with him staying on the 40-man roster during that time frame, meaning that Hamilton won't have to be transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The Rangers are aiming to have both Hamilton and pitcher Yu Darvish back on the field sometime in May.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 1 month ago

Hamilton (knee) is on track for a mid-May return, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This deviates from the initial goal of Hamilton returning on May 1, but the team insists there has not been a setback, they just feel mid-May is more realistic. Upon Hamilton's return, it is very cloudy as to what his role will be, as Ian Desmond is slated to be the teams left fielder this season. The lack of a clear role, coupled with injury concerns and a dip in production last season make Hamilton a player to avoid in most formats.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 1 month ago

Hamilton (knee) "has turned a corner" and is slated to start working in the field in the near future, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

An illness knocked Hamilton out of camp Thursday, but the focus of this spring has been entirely on tending to the inflammation in his left knee. The hope all along has been a season debut on May 1, and field work would be a clear step in the right direction.

15DJosh Hamilton LF TEX 2 months ago

Hamilton (knee) left camp Thursday with an illness, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There have been illnesses running around all spring training camps, and Hamilton and teammate Elvis Andrus became the most recent victims. He'll be healed soon though, allowing him to return to the rehab process for his knee.