Hamilton Out Until May

Rangers left-fielder Josh Hamilton showed up to Surprise Stadium this morning on crutches – his left knee still balky even after a second opinion.

The team announced today that Hamilton will be crutches for 7-10 days before resuming baseball activities. A rehab assignment will be scheduled for late April with a target return date of early May. He had a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections in his left knee.

Hamilton declared his knee healthy and said he was pain free and felt great just a few weeks ago. Then after getting a cortisone shot last week, his knee didn’t respond as he had hoped and the received a second opinion. Upon returning to camp from that second opinion, it was apparent it didn’t go so well.

Needless to say, we may have seen the last of Josh Hamilton on a baseball field.

Potential replacements already on the roster include Justin Ruggiano, Nomar Mazara, Patrick Kivlehan, Ryan Rua, Ryan Cordell, James Jones and even Joey Gallo.

There have been rumors flying around that the Rangers are interested in bringing back David Murphy in what I would assume to be a platoon role with someone like Ruggiano and Rua.

The likely candidates are Rua and Ruggiano and signing David Murphy. I know a lot of Rangers fans would welcome back Murphy with open arms.

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Billy is a baseball fanatic and has been around the game since he was four years old. The first ever game he attended was in September of '89 and Pete Incaviglia denied him an autograph after he had a bad batting practice session. Billy has held a grudge since. Billy is also a baseball coach who is known to dance around the dugout like Ron Washington during big plays in the game.

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