Texas Rangers scratch Josh Hamilton with knee soreness


The Texas Rangers scratched outfielder Josh Hamilton from Wednesday’s lineup with soreness in his left knee. Rookie Ryan Strausborger will start in his place.

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Fans in Texas are glad to have the 2010 MVP back with the team, but he has not been the boost to the lineup that most people were expecting him to be. Hamilton is hitting .252 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in his first season back with Texas. The former MVP has been limited to just 36 games in 2015 due to offseason shoulder surgery and recurring knee injuries throughout the season. Hamilton has also been on the disabled list twice this season with hamstring issues.

Strausborger has been used sparingly in his time in Arlington. He has played just three games logging six at-bats. Generally viewed as a premium defensive player, Strasborger recently made his big-league debut after being called up to replace recently-demoted Leonys Martin. Despite picking up just one hit in his first six at-bats, the rookie also has two walks and two runs scored through his first nine plate appearances.

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