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Billy Hamilton leaves Arizona Fall League championship game after leaping into outfield wall

Nov 17, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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Crisis averted down in the Arizona Fall League.

Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton sat on the ground in pain for several minutes after jumping back-first into the center field wall while chasing a triple in Saturday afternoon’s Arizona Fall League championship game. But he was able to walk off the field — with assistance — and the MLB Network broadcast later called his injury lower back spasms.

Hamilton was even spotted celebrating on the field with his teammates when the Peoria Javelinas wrapped up a 4-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters. He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

The 22-year-old speedster batted .311/.410/.420 with 14 triples, 112 runs scored and a record 155 stolen bases in 132 games this past season between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.

He should arrive in Cincinnati at some point in 2013.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Good to hear. The initial reports of the injury did not seem to be very good.

  2. lyon810 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Looks like Chris Kattan

  3. husky2score - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Now we know that Billy Hamilton can’t run through walls.

  4. sheriffpeyton18 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    He is a great guy with a great future ahead of him. Glad he is ok!!

  5. rmosss - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Can Billy bring in a hitting coach with him to teach the rest of the Reds team to cut down on the strike outs? As a team the Reds seriously need to do a WAY better job at putting the ball in play and not striking out. Stubbs is good for 2-3 PER GAME!

    • stoutfiles - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Stubbs thinks he is Willie Mays Hayes the way he swings for the fences every at bat. Hopefully Hamilton can learn CF well enough to start next year, and we can be rid of Stubbs forever.

  6. succulentnipples - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    He balled too hard.

    • annaalamode - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      m*********ers wanna fine him

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