Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers outfielder who has been sidelined all year due to knee problems, will miss the rest of the 2016 season due to knee surgery, the team has announced. Jon Daniels says that Hamilton is committed to returning in 2017, although he was also committed to playing in 2016...the problem doesn't appear to be with Hamilton's commitment, but with his body, which simply can't hold up anymore.
As far as the impact on 2016 this news has, Jeff Wilson tweeted this:
#Rangers aren't surprised by the Josh Hamilton news, nor are they worried about how injury will impact team.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 23, 2016
Essentially, it doesn't appear that the Rangers were planning on Hamilton being around, and as we've talked about before, him being on the active roster would create certain roster construction problems which, now, are moot.
We now wait and see if Hamilton can get to a place where he can get back on a major league field next year, or whether his career is over.