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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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