MLB notebook: Injured left knee sends Rangers’ Hamilton to DL
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 Dr. 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.
• Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB.com he and outfielder Bryce Harper have had preliminary talks about a contract extension. Harper won’t become a free agent until after the 2018 World Series.
• Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he found it “surreal” to see GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “threaten” his mother on Twitter over her political contributions. Earlier this week, Trump posted a tweet that said: “I hear the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!” The reference was to a reported contribution made by Ricketts’ mother, Marlene, to an anti-Trump PAC.
• Francisco Rodriguez is on his way to spring training. After missing a week of camp because of visa issues, the Tigers closer from Venezuela has those issues resolved, was traveling Wednesday and should be in Tiger Town on Thursday.
• The suspension of Mets reliever Hansel Robles was cut from three games to two after he agreed to drop his appeal. He was penalized for throwing near the head of a Philadelphia batter Sept. 30.
• The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Jamey Wright to a minor league deal. Wright, 41, sat out last season after being released by Texas at the end of spring training.
• Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels struck out trying to see last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show despite paying almost $70,000 to a London-based event promoter for VIP tickets, according to a recent lawsuit. The suit alleges Hamels and his party received none of the promised perks and were denied entry to the event. Hamels is seeking $150,000 in damages for fraud and misrepresentation.