Hamilton Returns, Davis Demoted

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 23:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 23, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rangers 8-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

According to multiple sources, the Texas Rangers will be activating Josh Hamilton from the disabled list today.  Hamilton has been traveling with Triple-A Oklahoma City the past few days as he attempts to return from surgery and his second stint on the DL this season.

He will be joining the team as they travel to Anaheim and Seattle for the final two series before the All-Star break. This activation comes only a day after Hamilton has announced as a starter in the Midsummer Classic, an honor he was given based on fan voting.

Hamilton has said in the past couple weeks he would accept an invitation to the All-Star Game if he was extended one, but that he would not compete in the Home Run Derby this year. So Rangers' fans, go ahead an exhale.

Don't look for Hamilton to jump straight into the lineup start and play all nine innings. He will see a good amount of time this week, but Ron Washington will likely not use him all the time in order. Hamilton will continue to get some rest.

With the activation of Hamilton, the Rangers needed to designate a player for assignment back to the minors. It was widely speculated that recently promoted outfielder Julio Borbon would be the odd man out. However, this what we get for speculating. 

Not Borbon, but Chris Davis was sent down to the minors. Davis has been in a season long slump so far, he is batting .202 on the season and struckout 114 times so far. He has shown some power throughout the season with 10 doubles and 15 home runs out of his 52 hits, but only 33 RBI and 31 runs.

Davis has struggled each and every month this season: April and May (.200), May (.189), June (.220), and in only three games in July (.182).

This move might end of being the best move not only for the Rangers, but for Davis as well. He will get some significant time in the minors to work on the kinks in his hitting. Washington said it best, "We rushed him through the minors, he never got a chance to fail, make the adjustments, and then succeed."

With the demotion of Davis, the Rangers lose a huge glove in their defense. Hank Blalock will take over as the everyday first baseman and his backup will likely be Andruw Jones.