The Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time


Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest hears that the Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time, ending whatever is left of his career as a center fielder.

He’s only played a handful of games out there the past two seasons, of course, but even that seems a bit much for the increasingly banged up Hamilton.  Left field will likely exact a lesser toll on his body.

Is it too soon, Rangers fans, for me to wonder what would have been had he been moved to right field full time for the World Series?  Or at least in time of the ninth inning of Game 6?

OK, yeah, it’s probably too soon.  Sorry about that.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.