Josh Hamilton Out for the Season

Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is on the mend and won't participate in an MLB game until the 2017 season. Photo Courtesy: Kent Gilley
Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is on the mend and won’t participate in an MLB game until the 2017 season… if we’re lucky. Photo Courtesy: Kent Gilley

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Josh Hamilton will not be playing MLB baseball this season. On Monday, the announcement came that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee on June 8. He had already been out since near the beginning of the season due to knee problems and the Rangers were certain he’d come back and play.

Undergoing his third surgery on his knee and not playing this year is for the best for Hamilton. By having his knee operated on now, it will give him plenty of time to rehab, get healthy, and get strong for the 2017 season.

2017 will be entering the final year of his lengthy and expensive five-year, $125 million contract he signed back in 2012 with the Angels. When he was traded back to Texas, the Angels agreed to pay him a majority of the rest his guaranteed money, while the Texas Rangers would only pay a very small portion of it. Though since returning to Arlington, he’s only appeared in 50 games, had 170 at-bats, and has eight homers. He’s making more than $28 million this season, but like I said, the Angels are paying him 98% of that money.

Hamilton will be 36 by the time the 2017 season begins. If he returns fully healthy and stronger, he might be somewhat closer to being the player he was during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.