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Texas Rangers release Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton, who was on a minor league contract with the Rangers, has been released

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The Texas Rangers have released outfielder Josh Hamilton, according to John Blake on Twitter. Hamilton, who was in the Rangers’ system on a minor league deal, was rehabbing his knee and, per Blake, injured his right knee while rehabbing. The right knee, per Blake, will now require surgery.

This is disappointing but not really the very start of spring there was some optimism about how Hamilton looked in batting practice, but the knee issues flared up, he was sidelined, and at that point it began to look like he was not going to make it back on the field this season.

This is, I suspect, the end of the road for Hamilton as far as his baseball career goes. He was terrific for the Rangers, and made a remarkable comeback after drug addiction de-railed his career, but at this point, it doesn’t look like his body will let him play anymore.