Rangers, Hamil­ton pon­der an­other surgery

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

SUR­PRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers slug­ger Josh Hamil­ton went to Hous­ton on Sun­day, fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of an­other knee surgery in his bid to re­turn to the ma­jors.

Hamil­ton will be ex­am­ined to­day by Dr. Walt Lowe, who per­formed re­con­struc­tive surgery on the for­mer AL MVP’s left knee last June.

The Rangers ac­knowl­edge Hamil­ton might re­quire arthro­scopic knee surgery. If he does, Hamil­ton would likely be out four to six weeks and then need a mi­nor league re­hab as­sign­ment.

“We’ll know once Dr. Lowe sees him,” Rangers as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Mike Daly said. “Josh felt and Dr. Lowe felt that he needed to go back down and get an eval­u­a­tion.”

Hamil­ton was ex­am­ined by Lowe in Hous­ton last Wed­nes­day af­ter his knee flared up in run­ning drills. He was given a platelet-rich plasma in­jec­tion to al­le­vi­ate the dis­com­fort.

Hamil­ton re­turned to camp Thurs­day and he ex­pe­ri­enced dis­com­fort af­ter rid­ing a sta­tion­ary bike for two days.

Hamil­ton, 35, played just one game in the mi­nors last sea­son while re­cov­er­ing. He was med­i­cally cleared in De­cem­ber and signed a mi­nor league con­tract with Texas.

Hamil­ton was a five-time All-Star as an out­fielder. He has been work­ing out this spring at first base to put less wear and tear on the knee.

Hamil­ton has not played in more than 90 big league games in a sea­son since 2013.

In 2010, he hit .359 with 30 home runs and 100 RBI. In 2013, he hit 43 home runs with 128 RBI.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing for Josh,” Man­ager Jeff Banis­ter said. “I feel for him. He came into camp feel­ing good. I’m sure that for him, this is a chal­lenge.”

“This is a player that still has tal­ent and ca­pa­bil­ity. The cu­rios­ity is how long can a guy do it for and do it con­sis­tently,” he said.

There’s al­ways a chance, too, that Hamil­ton might never play again.

“I don’t think any­body wants to take it to that ex­treme,” Daly said. “Josh has stated that he wants to play. That is why he is in camp. He wants to play and we want him to play. We’ll see what hap­pens af­ter Dr. Lowe looks at him.”

Hamil­ton has a $24 mil­lion con­tract for 2017 and the Los An­ge­les An­gels are ob­li­gated to pay the Rangers $22 mil­lion to cover most of it.

This is the fi­nal sea­son of the $125 mil­lion, five-year deal he signed with the An­gels as a free agent be­fore the 2013 sea­son, though they traded him back to Texas two years later.

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