I may have spoken too soon saying that the Los Angeles Angels trading Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers was backfiring. I mean it was while it lasted. I guess (personally I hope) it could be again but we won’t know that now until July.
Since returning to the Rangers on May 25th, Hamilton was 5-22 with five RBI and two home runs. Both home runs came on May 29th against the Boston Red Sox. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career.
His biggest hit however was a game-winning walk-off double on Sunday. Texas ended up taking three games of the four game series against Boston mostly thanks to Josh Hamilton.
While that double won the game, it was announced Wednesday night that it also has caused the Rangers to lose Josh Hamilton until July. Hamilton will be sidelined now for approximately four weeks with a Grade 2 hamstring strain that he suffered while running out his game-winning double.
There was no indication that Hamilton was injured prior to that double. He had been given a routine day off on Sunday but came in to pinch hit in the ninth.
There was no real indication that the injury was as serious as it turned out to be. Hamilton was listed as day-to-day, having hamstring tightness. He sat out both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, this news comes just after they lost third baseman Adrian Beltre to a sprained thumb. Beltre will only be out two weeks and the club has called up rookie sensation Joey Gallo to fill in for him.
Gallo flirted with the cycle in his first game with Texas and he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. The question for the Rangers is where they will use Gallo and if he will remain with the ball club once Beltre returns.
Gallo spent a few games playing in outfield in the minors in order to increase his versatility but whether or not that means he’d be able to handle the position is questionable.
The Rangers may have to go with the mix and match system they used prior to Hamilton’s return. Hamilton was recovering from a relapse on drugs and alcohol as well as having had off-season shoulder surgery.
The poor guy has had a rough few months and hamstring injuries, especially those above Grade 1, can sometimes be tricky to return from. For his sake let’s hope that he can pick up his comeback where he left off when he returns in a month.
Upon returning to the Rangers Hamilton was looking like the Josh Hamilton we all remembered before he signed with the Angels. His two seasons with the Angels were injury ridden and his performance wasn’t up to par. They were more than happy to be rid of him and they made it known publicly.
Here’s to hoping that the glimpse of Hamilton that we saw during the last week of May, will be the same Hamilton we see once his hamstring has healed.