via The Sports Xchange
The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract on Friday after the veteran outfielder sustained a right knee injury while rehabilitating his left knee.
Hamilton re-signed with the Rangers in January before undergoing left knee surgery the following month. The former American League MVP was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of spring training and began rehab for his left knee.
“I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.”
Hamilton, who turns 36 in May, was a five-time All-Star for the Rangers and won MVP honors in 2010 when he led the AL with a .359 average and had 32 homers and 100 RBIs. He hit a career-best 43 homers in 2012 and departed as a free agent to sign with the Angels.
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. He batted .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 2015 while batting injuries.
“Josh will forever hold a place in Rangers history as one of the most talented, charismatic and productive players to wear our uniform,” Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his upcoming recovery, and with his family.”
Hamilton has 200 career homers and 701 RBIs in 1,027 games. Hamilton possesses a career batting average of .290