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Billy Hamilton scratched from lineup with jammed finger

Apr 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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Billy Hamilton‘s nightmare week continues, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the speedy outfielder was scratched from today’s lineup against the Mets due to a jammed left finger. He’s considered day-to-day.

Hamilton jammed the finger he was thrown out by Anthony Recker while attempting to steal second base in the eighth inning last night. He didn’t start the game, but was brought in as a pinch-runner. It was the second time in 15 attempts that he has been thrown out in the big leagues.

Replacing Shin-Soo Choo as the Reds’ center fielder and leadoff man, Hamilton has game-changing speed, but there are questions about whether he’ll hit enough to utilize it. He’s 0-for-12 with six strikeouts and one walk so far this season.

  1. yahmule - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    You can say small sample size if you like, but that K rate cannot be ignored, especially when you add in his AAA struggles last year. A .308 OBP at that level, with all the infield hits he generates, is just beyond feeble.

  2. deadeyedesign23 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Dude these new article summaries are the worst.

  3. renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Dang… I’m pretty sure he’s feelin the pressure and responsibility on that missing hole in center right now.

  4. yahmule - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Looks like physical specimen Roger Bernadina with his .308 career OBP has been tapped to go 0-fer from the top of the lineup today. Not that there are any obviously better options available.

  5. musketmaniac - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    the whole team slowly going south.

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