Josh Hamilton to get an MRI on his knee

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The season started hard for Josh Hamilton with a drug relapse, a protracted fight with the Angels and then a trade back to the Rangers. Then it started late for Hamilton because, while he was fighting with the Angels, they weren’t playing him or letting him work out with them, so he needed time to ramp up to baseball speed. Then he got hurt, straining his hamstring and hurt again, with a groin problem.

Now this:

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, dealing with renewed soreness in his chronically sore left knee, will undergo an MRI exam on Friday to determine if he’s dealing with something more debilitating.

His knees are already kind of a mess, having undergone multiple surgeries. At this point you can’t really be optimistic that he’ll be healthy and/or productive this season.

On the season Hamilton has hit .252/.299/.415 with five homers in 36 games. Maybe try again in 2016, Josh.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.