The 2015 season has been a lost cause for the Cincinnati Reds and Monday, they got a little bit more bad news as it was revealed that speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton will need surgery on his right shoulder that will put him on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Hamilton was placed on the disabled list on August 19 and stayed there until September 7 for a sprained capsule. He was then activated, but when the issue popped back up again, surgery was the only option for Hamilton and the Reds. There is no structural damage and he should be ready for Spring Training.
“We think it’s in his best interest to shut him down now,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said following Cincinnati’s 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Monday night.
In his second year in the Majors, Hamilton has shown off his speed, which everyone knows him for, but getting on base has been a big issue for him. He has slashed .226/.274/.289 with only 15 extra base hits and 28 RBI in 114 games. With that speed, however, Hamilton leads the majors with 57 stolen bases in 65 attempts.
“The idea is to do it now so he can get started on his offseason conditioning program, which starts November 1,” Jocketty said.
There is no doubt that Hamilton is a fun player to watch on the field, but if he is going to stay around for a while, getting on base has to be priority number one for him. The Reds are obviously looking towards the future, so getting one of their big pieces healthy for the 2016 season is a smart move for the organization.