Josh Hamilton will join the Rangers on Monday


Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will join the club on Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Since joining the Rangers from the Angels in a late-April transaction, the 34-year-old has been playing with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. In 46 combined plate appearances at both levels, Hamilton has hit .364/.391/.545 with one home run and six RBI.

Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery in February and later admitted to relapsing into cocaine use, which created some tension between him and the Angels’ front office, including GM Jerry DiPoto and owner Arte Moreno.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.