Surprise, Ariz. — 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 American league MVP, will be on crutches 7-10 days and is projected to need eight weeks 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.
Levine says “the reason we are giving him an eight-week program is so we don’t cut any corners and give him a full spring training.”
After reporting to spring training last week, Hamilton experienced soreness caused by an inflamed capsule behind his left knee. He had surgery twice on the knee last year, in September and then after the season following his return for the end of the regular season and the playoffs.
After the October surgery, Hamilton didn’t taking batting practice again until Jan. 22, the day after a cortisone shot.
Hamilton, who turns 35 on May 1, never went to spring training last year with the Angels when he was coming off shoulder surgery and a self-reported relapse with alcohol and cocaine.
He was traded back to the Rangers at the end of April and made his season debut May 25. Hamilton hit .253 with eight homers in 50 games for Texas last season.
The Orioles had hoped Yovani Gallardo would be getting acclimated to the team by now. But the status of the newly acquired right-hander is still unclear as the Orioles await the results of additional medical tests they ordered. Gallardo’s physical began on Monday.
The pitcher agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal on Saturday, and on Wednesday night, he and the team agreed on a restructured contract for two years and $22 million with an $11 million option.
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