Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton hasn’t been able to work his way into a consistent rhythm during the 2015 season because of a string of injuries, and left knee inflammation will hinder him this time around, as it landed him on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 20.

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Hamilton DL-Bound with Knee Issue

Thursday, Aug. 20

Rangers Vice President of Communications John Blake announced the team had called up Will Venable to take Hamilton’s spot on the roster.

According to MLB.com‘s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers scratched Hamilton from an Aug. 12 showdown with the Minnesota Twins because of left knee soreness. It was just the third game he had missed since July 5. 

However, he was plagued by a hamstring injury earlier in the season that forced him to miss all but one game in June.    

And although he remained healthy in July, Hamilton struggled mightily at the plate, batting .227 with two home runs and nine RBI during that 20-game stretch. An 0-for-9 stretch that spanned July 11-17 and a 2-for-14 showing between July 20-22 represented the low points of his season at the plate. 

Through 38 appearances, the 2010 AL MVP is batting .254 with six home runs and 21 RBI. 

A year removed from appearing in just 89 games because of a variety of injuriesincluding shoulder, chest and rib ailments—Hamilton hasn’t been able to catch breaks conducive to providing efficient offerings at the plate.

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