Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss the entire season, according to general manager Jon Daniels (via reports). Hamilton will undergo knee surgery on June 8 after appearing on only one rehab game this season and failing to make a contribution at the major-league level.
Hamilton, 35, is owed more than $28 million this season, though Texas will only have to pick up about $2 million of that as part of their trade with the Angels last season. Hamilton's contract expires after next season, which he hopes to participate in while making more than $28 million again.
Hamilton has appeared in only 50 games since being dealt back to the Rangers last spring, hitting .253/.291/.441 with 8 home runs in that span. He has declined over the last three seasons after being named to his fifth straight All-Star team with the Rangers in 2012.
With Hamilton out for the year and Shin-Soo Choo back on the disabled list with a hamstring issue, Texas will rely on options like Ryan Rua, Drew Stubbs and rookie Jared Hoying in their outfield alongside Nomar Mazara and Ian Desmond. The Rangers may also look to acquire an outfielder before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline if Choo's issues continue to persist.