Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on June 10 after suffering a head injury against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 9. However, he has been cleared to return.
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Friday, June 17
Hamilton Critical Piece for Struggling Reds
Hamilton is a uniquely skilled player whom Cincinnati would be hard-pressed to replace. The 25-year-old is a switch-hitter and one of the fastest players in baseball, which makes him an asset on the basepaths as well as in the outfield.
In addition to having stupendous defensive range and a strong arm, Hamilton racked up 113 stolen bases over the previous two seasons. He played in only 114 games in 2015 and had 57 steals on 65 attempts despite missing the end of the year after undergoing right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Unfortunately, a nagging thumb injury plagued Hamilton toward the beginning of the 2016 campaign, limiting his ability to contribute as the club sought to get off to a strong start following last year's woeful 64-98 campaign.
The Reds are in a rebuilding phase and own the second-worst record (26-41) in the National League, but getting Hamilton back will provide a glimmer of optimism in Cincinnati.