Josh Hamilton out two months with more knee problems


Josh Hamilton is having more problems with his left knee and the Rangers announced that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid the healing process.

Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for a total of two months, which means he’d miss all of spring training and the first month of the regular season. He’ll be on crutches for the next couple weeks and assistant general manager Thad Levine indicated that the team will take a very cautious approach with Hamilton’s recovery timetable:

We are giving him an eight-week program because we don’t want to cut any corners. Last year, we may have accelerated things and he suffered the hamstring injury early and it was an issue all year. This way he will get the benefit of a full spring training.

Texas may look into signing a veteran outfielder to fill in for Hamilton, but if they truly think he’ll be able to return healthy and effective by early May there are some younger in-house placeholder options available. Hamilton was limited to just 50 games last season and 89 games in 2014, and the 35-year-old former MVP  hasn’t topped a .750 OPS since 2012.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.