Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery on his left knee Friday morning in Arlington after weeks of rest and treatment were unable to get him back in the Texas Rangers’ lineup.
Even though he is having surgery, the Rangers haven’t ruled out that he can return this season.
Dr. Keith Meister will perform the procedure, which the Rangers are calling a “cleanup.” Hamilton was on the disabled list last month with what he called a bone bruise after the knee took the brunt of compensating for other leg issues.
Hamilton hasn’t started a game in the outfield since Aug. 15.
“As it sits right now, it’s a simple cleanup,” manager Jeff Banister said Thursday morning. “How Josh’s body responds to it, we’re not ruling out that he’ll be available to us the rest of the way. That hasn’t been ruled out.”
Hamilton had been limited to two pinch-hitting opportunities since being activated from the disabled list Sept. 1. He said earlier this week that the knee begins to bother him the moment he puts weight on it each morning.
“I know he was in pain,” Banister said. “This is a tough guy. He’s really tried to gut out a lot of stuff for us. Unfortunately, this one was too much for him.”
Will Venable and Joey Gallo have been working as part of a platoon in left field this month with Hamilton out.