On Sunday, the Texas Rangers announced that their slugger Josh Hamilton has left for Houston with the possibility of needing another surgery on his knee as he continues his attempt at returning to the majors.
On Monday, Dr. Walt Lowe will examine Hamilton. Dr. Lowe performed surgery on the left knee of the former MVP last June.
Texas acknowledged that Hamilton may need to have arthroscopic surgery on the knee. If that is necessary, Hamilton could be out for as many as six weeks and then would need a rehab assignment in the minors.
Mike Daly the assistant general manager for the Rangers said that once Hamilton is seen by Dr. Lowe then they will know if he requires surgery. Daly added that Hamilton felt as did Dr. Lowe, that Hamilton should go to Houston so the doctor could give him his evaluation.
Last Wednesday, Lowe examined Hamilton in Houston after the slugger had a flare up in his knee during running drills. At the time, he received an injection of platelet-rich plasma to alleviate some of his discomfort.
Hamilton then returned on Thursday to camp and experienced pain after he rode a stationary bike.
Hamilton, who is 35, played only one game during the minors all of last season while going through recovery. He was cleared medically last December and signed a contract for the minor leagues with the Rangers.
As an outfielder, Hamilton was selected to five All-Star teams. This spring he has worked at first base so he has less stress on his knee.
Since 2013, Hamilton has played in 90 or fewer games in the majors in any one season.
However, back in 2010, Hamilton batted .359, hit 30 homers and knocked in 100 runs. During 2013, he smacked 43 homers and had 128 RBIs.
Texas manager Jeff Banister said the knee problem is disappointing for Hamilton as he entered camp feeling strong.
Banister said that although Hamilton is 35 he still is capable and talented to play regularly in the big leagues.
Hamilton has a contract of $24 million for this season and the Rangers will be paid $22 million by the Los Angeles Angels to cover the vast majority of that deal.
This season is the final year of a five-year contract of $125 million Hamilton signed prior to the 2013 season as a free agent with the Angels. However, two season’s later he was traded by LA back to the Rangers.