Knee surgery ends Hamilton's bid for Rangers opening roster

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent surgery today to fix the meniscus cartilage in his left knee, according to the beat guys on Twitter. Dr. Lowe performed surgery on the left knee of the former MVP last June. It was the 11 knee procedure of Hamilton's career.

Hamilton is expected to return to Arizona later this week to begin a six-week rehab before he can do any running at all. That's the same knee in which Hamilton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last summer, though no new issues were discovered with the ACL.

Last Wednesday, Lowe examined Hamilton in Houston after the slugger had a flare up in his knee during running drills. Hamilton received a platelet-rich plasma injection with the hopes of calming down the discomfort, but it continued after two days of riding a stationary bicycle.

Hamilton is entering the final season of his disastrous five-year, $125 million contract and will be paid $28 million this season, the vast majority of it by the Angels. This spring he has worked at first base so he has less stress on his knee.

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hasn't played in the majors since 2015. In that span, he is hitting.260 with 18 home runs and a.741 OPS. During 2013, he smacked 43 homers and had 128 RBIs.

Banister said that although Hamilton is 35 he still is capable and talented to play regularly in the big leagues.

  • Julie Sanders