Josh Hamilton has played seven games in his return to the Rangers and now he’s hurt, sitting out tonight’s game against the White Sox with what the team is calling “tightness in his lower half.”
Hamilton has looked fantastic in his second go-around in Texas, hitting .273 with two homers, two doubles, four walks, and a 1.021 OPS. That includes a two-homer game and a walk-off hit in his first week back after sitting out six weeks recovering from shoulder surgery and substance abuse relapses.
Because of all his time off, perhaps the “lower half tightness” is just part of Hamilton getting back into game shape.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.