Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are expected to activate Josh Hamilton from the disabled list today or tomorrow.
Hamilton, who started the season late due to all of the craziness with the Angels and Rangers, his relapse and his shoulder, has been laid up with a bum hamstring for nearly a month. In his place Joey Gallo has manned left field and is hitting .220/.312/.439 with five homers. We’ve seen flashes of promise and power from him, but he still needs some cooking it seems. He may get it in a part time or platoon role with the Rangers or by being moved around the field as opposed to being sent back down, however.
Hamilton, for his part, went 4-for-12 with three RBI in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Before he was sidelined he was 6-for-22 with four walks, two homers two doubles and five driven in for the Rangers.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.