Josh Hamilton will not play this season, the Texas Rangers announced Monday
Veteran Texas Rangers outfield Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Hamilton, already on the 60-day disabled list with the injury, has not played with the team this season due to recurring knee problems. The team had hoped he would be healthy enough to return to action sometime this season.
The team announced Monday that Hamilton, 35, will have surgery next month.
Texas general manager Jon Daniels said that both the Rangers and Hamilton expect him to return to the field next season — the final year of his five-year $125 million contract.
Despite that huge contract, the Rangers are liable for only a small part of the contract after acquiring Hamilton from the Los Angeles Angels last season.
Since his return, Hamilton has struggled with a .253 batting average on 170 at bats with eight home runs last season.
The Rangers more bad injury news today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will return to the disabled list after a one-game return.
Choo sustained a strained left hamstring after previously rehabbing from a strained right calf. Choo is hitting .188 on 16 at bats so far this season.