After spending some time in Arizona at the Rangers’ extended spring training complex Josh Hamilton is ready to start playing at Triple-A.
Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram reports that Hamilton could join Triple-A Round Rock as soon as Sunday, beginning what figures to be a multi-week stint there.
Hamilton is on the disabled list following February shoulder surgery and the Angels traded him to the Rangers while eating the majority of his remaining contract after a setback with his sobriety.
Based on various quotes from Rangers officials Hamilton’s surgically repaired shoulder is basically healed, but he simply needs to get game reps after not playing since October.
Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.
It’s possible that the back injury proves minor and Wright’s hamstring was apparently just about fully healed, but for now the news is not good in the wake of his significant shoulder problems last season. Daniel Murphy will continue to fill in at third base, with Dilson Herrera replacing him at second base.
Wright missed 50 games in 2013 and 28 games in 2014, although his production suffered greatly last season when he played through the shoulder injury and he finished with a career-low .698 OPS. He was off to a good start this year before being shut down, going 11-for-33 (.333) with one homer and a .796 OPS through eight games.
Wright, a 32-year-old seven-time All-Star, is making $20 million this season and owed another $87 million through 2020.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso injured his right shoulder diving to field a ground ball Thursday night and will undergo an MRI exam to assess the damage.
Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that he “screamed out in pain” and it sure sounds like the Padres are expecting to be without Alonso for more than just a few days.
It’s a shame, because after years of underwhelming production and injuries sapping the potential he once showed as a top prospect Alonso has hit .333 with as many walks (13) as strikeouts (13) and an .837 OPS in 26 games. In the previous three seasons for the Padres he hit .268 with a .719 OPS.