Josh Hamilton to begin playing rehab games Wednesday

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As first reported by Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, outfielder Josh Hamilton has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Frisco and expects to rejoin the Rangers next week in Baltimore.

Hamilton suffered a Grade 2 left hamstring a week into his return to Texas and will wind up missing about a month. He was batting .273/.385/.636 with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, and five runs scored over his first seven games with the Rangers.

Texas opened play Tuesday three games back of the first-place Astros in the American League West standings. If his first seven games were any indication, Hamilton can be of huge help in closing that gap.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.