OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
1 month ago

Hamilton was placed on release waivers Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although Hamilton is in the process of being released, the move was entirely procedural. The Rangers and Hamilton had agreed to the move so that he could sign a minor league contract and remain with the organization.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
2 months ago

Hamilton (knee) expects to be 100 percent before spring training next season, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his knee but appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab and is optimistic to be at full strength before next season. It's still too early to say anything definitive, but the good news is that he apparently is feeling better than expected and hasn't encountered any setbacks. There's a chance the 35-year-old could be released in the offseason given the number of question marks surrounding him, but even if he does, another big league club would likely pick him up if he proves to be healthy entering the 2017 season.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
4 months ago

Hamilton, who underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair damaged cartilage, also underwent an ACL reconstruction, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Wilson, Hamilton's surgeon discovered the ACL issue during the surgery Wednesday. Given that Hamilton was already slated to miss the remainder of the season, it's unclear how the ACL reconstruction on top of the other repairs will alter his timeline. If Hamilton is able to make a full recovery, he figures to be able to return at some point in 2017, but his constant health issues in recent years make him a difficult fantasy commodity to trust.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
4 months ago

Hamilton will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the 2016 season, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

He'll have the procedure in early June, but Hamilton's focus will be trying to get healthy enough to contribute in some capacity in 2017. Given the Rangers' outfield depth (even with the recent return of Shin-Soo Choo to the DL), Hamilton's playing time outlook upon return this season was cloudy.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months ago

Hamilton (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Rangers to sign Drew Stubbs to a big league contract, and Hamilton's estimated return date has not changed. Hamilton had a setback with his left knee last weekend and won't be an option until early June at the earliest.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months ago

Hamilton (knee) has returned to Arlington and has stopped baseball-related activities, Alykhan Ravjiani of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton is reporting some weakness in his knee in addition to just pain, so it doesn't sound like Hamilton will be back any time soon.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months 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.

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.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months ago

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

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.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months ago

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

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.

OUTJosh Hamilton
LF TEX
5 months 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.

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.