Hamilton awaiting news after second opinion

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is waiting for an update on his sore left knee after he travelled to Alabama to get a second opinion on Monday. 

The 34-year-old underwent surgery on his left knee twice last year, first in September and then after the Rangers were beaten in the American League Division Series by the Toronto Blue Jays in October. On his return to spring training last week, Hamilton began to feel pain in the troublesome knee once more, and has sought further medical advice a result.

Speaking last week, Hamilton said he was confident that he would be ready for the start of the season.

“We’ll hit it with treatment and see if it responds to being active every day. Hopefully, it does,” Hamilton, who will earn $28.41 million during the 2016 season, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m not really worrying about it. I ran some bases today. It seems like the more I do on it, the better it feels. … I think Doc said it was inflammation of the capsule. I’m wondering why, 2 1/2 weeks later, it started happening again. Is this going to be an ongoing thing? Is this not going to be an ongoing thing? I have those questions, too.”

The Rangers will begin their 2016 MLB campaign at home against the Seattle Mariners on April 4.