- The latest attempt at a comeback for Texas Rangers former superstar Josh Hamilton has once again been derailed. The former top slugger is back on the bench after having been diagnosed to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage in his left knee per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. He won’t be able to run for at least a good six weeks and there’s no indication when he’ll be ready to play in a game. He is expected to miss at least half the regular season due to his latest ailment. It’s been setback after setback for the former No.1 overall draft choice of the 1999 Amateur draft. He’s been plagued with various injuries since his decision to leave the Rangers and sign a multi-year pact with AL West Division rivals the Los Angeles Angels. He had been signed on a minor-league pact and if he had a healthy spring, he would be assured a roster spot. That clearly will not be the case. While it is early to suggest him considering hanging up his cleats and glove, his latest run of injuries certainly would suggest it would worth serious consideration.
- Former San Francisco Giants veteran outfielder Angel Pagan remains unsigned on the open market into the later part of spring but is still attracting multiple suitors per Ken Rosenthal. One of his most serious suitors appears to be the Washington Nationals but they are only interested in a minor-league deal. Pagan appears to have plenty left in the tank to be a fourth outfielder on the team but it remains unclear if he is willing to accept such a small contract offer.