DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
20 hours ago

Hamilton hasn't played in a spring training game since Saturday because of a sore Achilles' tendon, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Reds suggested that Hamilton could have played through a regular season game with this malady, but it wasn't worth pushing through a spring training game. He's still expected to play in exhibition games in Las Vegas this weekend.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
1 month ago

Hamilton is expected to lead off this season according to manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton's jaw-dropping speed makes this a logical move, especially after his OBP increased by 47 points to .321 last season. Fantasy players can just about put 50 stolen bases in Sharpie when they draft him, though he's unlikely to excel in any other category.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
2 months ago

Hamilton agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points last season, as he walked at an increased rate and hit the ball on the ground more frequently. In turn, he was able to better capitalize on his elite speed -- Hamilton finished with a career-high 58 stolen bases in just 119 games. He said in December that he's fully recovered from the oblique injury which cost him the final month.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
4 months 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.

DTDBilly Hamilton
CF CIN
6 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.