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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.