Josh Hamilton’s career seems to be approaching to its end as much as ever, at the 35 years of age, even though nothing is confirmed as of yet. The outfielder had reached a minor league agreement with the Texas Rangers during the offseason, and he was undergoing rehab, but he has suffered a setback in his recovery and will now need another knee surgery, as his ex-team announced, before letting him go because of it.
The ex-American League Most Valuable Player (2010) has only managed to play in 139 games since 2014. He was sent to the Texas Rangers from the Los Angeles Angels in August of 2015 in exchange for cash considerations, going on to play 50 games with the team. He missed all of the 2016 season.
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Hamilton didn’t necessarily call it quits, but he hasn't committed to anything.
“I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season,” Hamilton said in a statement. “I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.”
This will be the fifth time he undergoes surgery since February 2015. Back then, he had suffered an acromioclavicular joint, which completely left him out of the field until May of that year. During May of 2016, he visited the surgeons for the third time, to be subjected to a surgery on his left knee. This will be the third time his knee will need treatment, after being repaired again on February 2017.
If Hamilton’s career comes to an end indeed, he will be 28 days short of completing a 10-year spell in the big leagues, which is needed in order to be qualified for a full pension, as well as being eligible to become a member of the Hall of Fame. The outfielder currently sits at nine years and 144 days of Major League service. It is important to point out that in the big leagues, a full year of service means playing 172 days.