Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is recovering from a torn labrum he suffered back in September.
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Hamilton On Track for Spring Training
Thursday, Jan. 28
"The rehab is coming along well," Hamilton said Thursday. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but close to it. We had a schedule to be ready right around spring training. As of right now, we're on track to make that happen."
He told Sheldon that he is fully "throwing, hitting [and] lifting weights," claiming that he's "not limited or anything" and that his "shoulder feels good."
"I'm looking forward to getting out to Arizona and doing more stuff. I haven't been able to do much stuff out on the field because of the weather," Hamilton said. "It's a process you don't want to rush. I could go out there and long toss, but there's no point in doing it right now. They want to make sure everything is healed."
The Reds' leadoff man experienced a down year during his second full season in the major leagues. One of the speediest players in the game, Hamilton batted just .226 in 114 games with a .274 on-base percentage.
Despite his difficulties getting on base, Hamilton still swiped a career-best 57 bases, a number that would have been much higher had he not run into shoulder issues.
He realizes that too, as he told Sheldon.
"[The results] were nowhere near where I wanted them to be," Hamilton said. "Baseball is a game where if you set a goal and don't get it, you have to do something in the offseason to make that goal happen the next year. I feel like this is a new year and I'll do better."
For a Reds team that ranked 26th in the majors last season with just 3.95 runs per game, it'll need a player like Hamilton to find his way on base and help manufacture runs for the team.
Too often in 2015, a big bat like Joey Votto was coming up to the plate with the bases empty. It would be a huge help to the team if Hamilton made some noise ahead of him and was able to wreak some havoc on the basepath.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.