Josh Hamilton needs knee surgery, hopes to return this season

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Josh Hamilton has been limited to pinch-hitting duties because of left knee problems and now the Rangers outfielder has decided to go under the knife.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Hamilton will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday, but he’s calling it merely a “clean up” procedure” and is hoping to return in time to play again this season.

That seems unlikely given that there are just three weeks remaining in the regular season, although with the Rangers currently in the second Wild Card spot the postseason is also a factor.

Hamilton has mostly struggled in his return to Texas, hitting .257 with six homers and a .729 OPS in 40 games after the Angels ate a ton of money to dump his contract on the Rangers.