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Josh Hamilton had surgery to repair his left knee, and won’t be able to run for at least six weeks

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Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent surgery today to repair the meniscus cartilage in his left knee, according to the beat guys on Twitter. He will have to rehab for six weeks before he will be able to start running.

This would seem to mean that Josh is looking at May, at the earliest, before he would be on the field in a minor league game working his way back to full strength. Hamilton is on a minor league deal, and thus would be able to spend however much time is necessary in the minors without worrying about time counting on a rehab stint or the like.

So no Josh Hamilton for Opening Day, and realistically, there may not be any Josh Hamilton at all this year. I have no doubt he will try to work his way back from this injury and get back on the field for the Rangers, but the chances look bleaker now than they did a few days ago.