Josh Hamilton underwent an ACL reconstruction on his left knee Wednesday in Houston, a procedure that could end his career and is almost certain to end his time with the Texas Rangers.
Dr. Walt Lowe, the Houston Texans’ knee specialist, performed the surgery and warned the Rangers last month that an ACL repair was a possibility. Lowe, though, wasn’t certain that it was needed until he examined the damage once inside the knee.
The Rangers announced May 23 that Hamilton would have season-ending surgery, but to repair meniscus. Daniels said that Lowe wasn’t convinced the ACL repair was needed until he started the procedure Wednesday.
“It wasn’t certain at that point,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “There were a couple different spots in the knee, and he wanted to run another few tests to see if it was the ACL.”
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Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, will remain in Houston and begin rehabbing the injury in the next few days. The Rangers did not say how long the typical ACL rehab takes, but it’s possible Hamilton could be ready for spring training.
The Rangers, though, have several outfielders without the injury history and might have to release Hamilton after the season. He has one year left on the five-year, $125 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Angels in December 2012, and the Rangers owe him only $2 million in 2017.