Though not in “best shape of my life territory”, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton spoke positively of his ailing left knee, saying, “Honestly, it’s the best it has felt in five years,” per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Hamilton received stem cell and platelet-rich injections in his knee last month. That came after September’s knee surgery, which removed part of his meniscus. The veteran is hoping to be ready to rejoin the Rangers by the beginning of May.
Hamilton, who turns 35 years old in May, played in only 50 games with the Rangers last season and put up subpar numbers, batting .253/.291/.441 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 182 plate appearances. He also only played in 89 games in 2014 with the Angels.
At the end of February, the Rangers signed free agent Ian Desmond to a one-year, $8 million deal and moved him to the outfield, a position he hasn’t played since 2010 and one which he hasn’t played regularly as a professional.