The Dominican Republic’s batting order for the World Baseball Classic is looking a bit less robust.
Hanley Ramirez is out of the WBC because of ongoing shoulder soreness that has kept him from playing the field so far in Red Sox camp, the Dominican team announced Thursday. And Adrian Beltre is set to undergo a last-ditch MRI exam in hopes that it will show his nagging calf injury has recovered enough for him to represent his country.
I am disappointed but not discouraged that my knee problems have not allowed me to play this season, Hamilton said in a statement, via the Dallas Morning News. I plan to have surgery on my right knee and then evaluate the situation. I want to thank the Rangers and all of the great fans for the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.
Hamilton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft, will turn 36 next month. He has played in just 147 major league games (including the playoffs) since the start of the 2014 season, most recently appearing in a Rangers division series game Oct. 14, 2015.
Though he was with the Rangers on a minor league deal, Hamilton will be paid $28 million this season – the vast majority of it by the Angels – as the five-year, $125 million contract he signed with Los Angeles in December 2012 finally runs out.