UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com brings word that Hamilton is considered day-to-day with a sore right groin.
4:54 p.m. ET: According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made an early exit from today’s game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning due to an apparent injury.
Hamilton suffered the injury after he beat out an infield single. He appeared to tweak something while trying to avoid the first baseman and could be seen stretching his leg. That’s obviously not something you want to see with someone whose speed is integral to his game. The Reds should provide an update soon.
The infield single snapped an 0-for-14 hitless streak for Hamilton, who is batting just .195 (8-for-41) with a .267 on-base percentage through 11 games. On the bright side, he is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
Justin Verlander’s return to the Tigers doesn’t appear imminent. He had to cut a simulated game short on Wednesday due to fatigue and James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that he continued to complain of soreness in his throwing arm today. The Tigers now plan to slow things down with him:
“We expected him to be sore the next day,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday. “But two days later, we expected he’d have recovered better.”
The Tigers expected Verlander to be sore today after having thrown a 35-pitch bullpen followed by a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday in Pittsburgh. But it appears the degree of soreness remains a cause for concern for the Tigers.
“We’re going to slow him down,” Ausmus said. “He’s a little more sore the second day than we’d planned, so we’re going to slow him down a little bit.”
Verlander landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career this month due to triceps soreness, but the hope was that he would be able to make his season debut on April 21 against the Yankees. That possibility has already been ruled out. He could do some light throwing tomorrow if he feels good, but he’s still a ways from joining the Tigers.
As if things weren’t complicated enough for Josh Hamilton already, Naheed Rajwani of the Dallas Morning News reports that he and his wife, Katie, are in the process of getting a divorce.
Hamilton filed for divorce in late February, which is right around the time when word leaked about his offseason drug relapse. The petition cites “conflict” as the reason for the split:
“The marriage has become insupportable because of the discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation,” the petition states.
Hamilton and his wife have been married since 2004 and have four children. Katie’s father, Michael Dean Chadwick, is a faith-based motivational speaker and helped Hamilton with his addiction problems in the early 2000s.
Hamilton’s future with the Angels remains in question and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that the two sides are discussing a number of scenarios to resolve the dispute over his situation. Among the possibilities are a buyout or a trade.
This isn’t quite reinstatement, but it is mighty interesting. FOX has hired MLB’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose as a baseball analyst.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Rose will serve as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1. He’ll also appear on “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1.
FOX didn’t require MLB’s permission to hire Rose, but they did inform them about the possibility.
“As a courtesy, FOX informed us that they were interviewing Pete Rose for an on-air studio position,” said Pat Courtney, baseball’s chief communications officer. “The decision to hire on-air talent for its telecasts rests solely with FOX.”
Rose has officially filed for reinstatement with MLB and new commissioner Rob Manfred intends to take a look at the situation. For what it’s worth, Rose said that he didn’t take this job with the idea that it will help his cause:
“I don’t even worry about that. I’ve never thought about that,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to give back to baseball. Hopefully people will watch and I’ll make some good points that will help them understand the game more.
“I’m not concentrating or worrying about reinstatement. I’m worried about working, having fun. This will be fun for me. It won’t be like work. That’s the way I look at it.”
To this current generation of fans, Rose is mostly known for his banishment from the game more than anything he did as a player. With this new position, he’ll get a chance to talk about and analyze the game on the field. And that could be a lot of fun.