Josh Hamilton Released from Minor League Contract by Texas Rangers

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 1: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers at bat during the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 1, 2015 in Arlington, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
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The Texas Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league contract on Friday, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale and WFAA's Mike Leslie.  

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George relayed a statement from Hamilton shortly after the news broke: 

Brandon George @DMN_George

Josh Hamilton on facing another knee surgery, perhaps ending his MLB career: https://t.co/3xouVLOv9j

Hamilton, 35, had not appeared in a game for the Rangers since 2015 due to recurring knee issues. He was reassigned to the minor leagues on March 20, shortly before the start of the 2017 regular season. 

Hamilton missed the start of the 2016 season with left knee inflammation, but he was projected to make his debut sometime around mid-May. 

However, the knee continued to give Hamilton problems and he eventually had surgery to repair cartilage damage. At the same time, it was announced Hamilton was forced to undergo ACL reconstruction. 

Problems cropped up again in February, when Hamilton had to go under the knife to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, according to MLB.com's TR Sullivan

Set to turn 36 next month, it's fair to wonder if Hamilton—who's a career .290 hitter with 200 home runs and 701 RBI—has much gas left in the tank. 

For more news, rumors and related stories about Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers and MLB, check out the MLB and Rangers streams on Bleacher Report's app.

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