February 26, 2016
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured left knee. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the five-time all-star, bothered by swelling in the knee, received a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection Monday, when he was examined by orthopedist James Andrews. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, will be on crutches for seven to 10 days and is projected to need eight weeks of recovery time. Levine said Hamilton likely would start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in late April and the Rangers hope he will return to their lineup in early May. Hamilton will be making his 11th trip to the disabled list.
April 4, 2015
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major- league career. The Tigers said Thursday the 32-year-old righthander won't be on the active roster for the opener Monday against Minnesota because of tightness in his right triceps. He was scratched from his Thursday start and no timetable has been announced for when he will pitch again. "I don't think this is going to be a long-term issue," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "After throwing yesterday, he said he felt as good or better today.
February 27, 2015 |
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose troubled past includes a four-year addiction to cocaine and alcohol, met Wednesday with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue, the team confirmed. Hamilton told officials of a drug relapse, John Heyman of CBS Sports posted on Twitter. "There's no word of a failed test. . . . He'd be put in program as 1st time offender. " He was suspended from baseball from 2003 to 2005. The Los Angeles Times first reported Hamilton's meeting with the league.
April 7, 2013 |
The boos of Texas are upon Josh Hamilton. That's OK - the Los Angeles Angels slugger spurned the delights of Arlington for the bright lights of, uh, Orange County. But in yet another sign that we take sports way, way too seriously, Hamilton said his wife had to call for security before his first game back because creeps were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family. But, remember, those Texas louts didn't ever boo Santa, just threatened a woman and her kids, so Philly fans can keep the rep as the worst in all the land.
February 20, 2013
Roger Clemens said little publicly in the immediate aftermath of the Hall of Fame vote. More than a month later, he's willing to share his thoughts, about the vote - and more. About missing out on the Hall of Fame: "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," Clemens said. "If those guys feel I deserve to be there, then I deserve to be there. If they feel I don't, then that's OK, too. " About country star Mindy McCready, who made headlines in April 2008 when she claimed a longtime relationship with Clemens: Clemens handed out a written statement that said, "Yes, that is sad news" about her apparent suicide.
December 16, 2012
In my last column I wrote that this was the winter of our discontent and that Super Squibb's Wing Bowl 21 bid was our only chance for a true champion in this city. Since that time just 2 weeks ago, somehow things seem to have become remarkably brighter. The rapid development of Nick Foles, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox has given Eagles fans a reason to at least dream that they might live to see the Lombardi Trophy paraded down Broad Street. Sixers fans have seen the emergence of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as two young stars who just might lead us to another deep run in the playoffs, even though it's beginning to look like there's a better chance that Moses Malone will play center for us this season than Andrew Bynum.
December 15, 2012 |
In perhaps the biggest move in free agency this year, the Los Angeles Angels and slugger Josh Hamilton agreed on Thursday to a $125 million, five-year deal. Hamilton's $25 million average salary matches Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard for the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Alex Rodriguez's $27.5 million yearly average with the Yankees. The Rangers had hoped to re-sign the 2010 American League MVP, who led Texas to consecutive World Series appearances, in 2010 and 2011.
December 14, 2012 |
IN THE SPAN of 120 minutes on Thursday afternoon, two major league outfielders found new homes on two different coasts. Josh Hamilton, the prize of the free-agent market and apple of many a Phillies fan's eye, agreed to a 5-year, $125 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton got a Ryan Howard-sized contract to join a formidable lineup that includes Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Ben Revere, a player many Phillies fans hadn't heard of 10 days ago, arrived at the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park for the first time less than 2 hours after the Hamilton news broke.
December 13, 2012
This is a post by David Murphy on the Daily News' High Cheese blog. WE'LL START with the caveats. The Phillies could have far more cash at their disposal than they are letting on. They could have an ownership group that is willing to risk 4 or 5 years on Josh Hamilton. They could be trigger-happy. Or the Texas Rangers could just be claiming interest in retaining Hamilton out of politeness. But absent a significant extenuating circumstance, I simply cannot envision a scenario in which Hamilton signing with the Phillies makes sense.
December 5, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - At one point during Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s afternoon meeting with the media at the winter meetings, the idea of John Mayberry Jr. returning next season as the starting centerfielder was raised. Before a line forms at the top of the Walt Whitman Bridge or an angry mob shows up carrying torches at One Citizens Bank Way, you should know that Mayberry in center field is no better than Plan Z for Amaro, who said he went into this offseason with 10 Plan B's. Which Plan B comes to fruition between now and opening day in Atlanta remained a mystery on Monday as the winter meetings officially opened inside the vast Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, where holiday tourists, Tommy Lasorda, and John Kruk frequently crossed paths.