Hamilton released from contract by Rangers

"I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation".

Josh Hamilton's career seems to be approaching to its end as much as ever, at the 35 years of age, even though nothing is confirmed as of yet.

The Rangers released Hamilton from his minor league contract after the 36-year-old sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.

Problems cropped up again in February, when Hamilton had to go under the knife to fix torn cartilage in his left knee, according to MLB.com's TR Sullivan.

"I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season", Hamilton said in a statement, via the Dallas Morning News. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. Last he played in the majors, back in 2015, Hamilton still had above-average power but struggled to reach base with a declining walk rate.

Joe Daniels the Texas general manager said he was not sure about the details involving the next surgery, but did say it was significant and Hamilton could not play this year.

Hamilton was the No. 1 overall pick out of high school by Tampa Bay in 1999. He was an All-Star for five consecutive seasons and was the American League MVP in 2010, the year he helped lead the Rangers to their first World Series. In 2013, he hit 43 home runs with 128 RBIs.

Hamilton's career went into a deep decline and he hit 31 homers in two seasons with the Angels before they dealt him back to the Rangers.

Hamilton has a $24 million contract for 2017 and the Los Angeles Angels are obligated to pay the Rangers $22 million to cover most of it. He was medically cleared in December and signed a minor league contract with Texas.

"I'm going to think of him as an unbelievably gifted, talented player that achieved his potential on the field with us", Daniels said. In nine Major League Baseball seasons, Hamilton owns a.290 batting average, 200 home runs, 701 RBIs, 609 runs and 50 stolen bases.

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