Josh Hamilton out four weeks with Grade 2 hamstring strain

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Josh Hamilton missed a second straight game Wednesday after injuring his left hamstring while legging out a walkoff two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday against the Red Sox. There was little to suggest that it was a major concern for the Rangers, but now comes this update …

Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that an MRI taken Wednesday on Hamilton’s injured left hamstring showed a Grade 2 strain and the veteran outfielder is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks. Hamilton had played in just seven games — tallying two homers, two doubles, five runs scored, and five RBI — since officially rejoining Texas on May 25.

It may be worth noting here that third base prospect Joey Gallo played six games in left field this season at Double-A Frisco prior to his June 2 promotion. He could be tried there when Adrian Beltre (thumb) returns.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.