Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness.
Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over the Tigers that he’s currently operating at “about 50 percent health.”
Hamilton has been battling a strained groin muscle for the past couple of months and is also carrying a number of other bumps and bruises. He has pledged to continue playing through the discomfort until the end of the Fall Classic, though, and should be helped some by the rest period between now and the start of the World Series on Wednesday evening.
Hamilton has hit .293/.311/.415 with zero home runs in 45 plate appearances this October, but he does have five doubles and seven RBI. The Rangers are getting enough power production from the rest of their lineup.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.