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Billy Hamilton leaves game after injuring hand on diving catch

May 1, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of passes along word that Hamilton sprained the third and fourth knuckles of his left (glove) hand on the catch. No word on how much time he’ll need to miss.

7:41 p.m. ET: Billy Hamilton left tonight’s game against the Brewers in the first inning after he suffered an apparent injury when he robbed Carlos Gomez of extra bases on a diving catch. You can watch the excellent play here.

Hamilton managed to finish the top half of the inning, but was replaced by pinch-hitter Chris Heisey when the Reds came up to bat in the bottom of the first. No word yet on the exact nature of the injury, but we’ll pass along an update when it’s available.

Hamilton started the season very slow, going hitless over his last five games, but he entered play tonight hitting .280/.310/.378 with five extra-base hits, six RBI, and 11 stolen bases over his last 21 games. Here’s hoping it’s something minor. Hamilton is a lot of fun to watch. And as we saw tonight, it’s not just because of what he does on the bases.

  1. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - May 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    THOM BRENNAMEN just announced that Billy Hamilton has a strained 3rd and 4th knuckle on his left (glove) hand.

    Hopefully he can just ice it and get back out there.

    • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - May 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Apologies. Sprained not strained.

  2. ud1951 - May 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Carlos taketh from Votto, Billy taketh from Carlos. You gotta love baseball. These two teams are rivals to my Cardinals, but I like all the players on both teams (including the much maligned Carlos Gomez) and want to seem them do will. Hope Billy is back playing and running the bases like crazy soon. One of the best parts about the game is watching guys appearing to have fun playing it.

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