Thursday, February 25, 2016
Kunkel in, Hamilton out.
It wasn't long for the Rangers to decide what to do with the ailing Josh Hamilton. Apparently they decided they won't be waiting for the second opinion on Monday. Looks like Josh will be starting the 2016 season on the Disabled List due to inflammation in his left knee. The club is hoping he'll be back by the first of May, if all goes well. It's the second season in a row Hamilton begins on the DL.
That leaves his spot in left field wide open and will spark a scramble for the job. Of course, as discussed yesterday, Texas has several in-house options. They are also still browsing the free agent market for possibilities. One name being bandied about is former Ranger David Murphy. He wants a Major League contract though and Texas is wanting to sign someone to a minor league deal. Understandable since the fill-in is only projected to play regularly until May. The difference could be a deal breaker. At least the pantry is well stocked at home so the Rangers have some options.