Back in 2010 when Josh Hamilton was the talk of the baseball world and winning AL MVP trophies, he was doing it by hitting a robust .359 with a 1.044 OPS, 32 homers and 100 RBIs.
Now, he's saying his knee feels the best it's felt since that season after he was on crutches earlier this spring after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his bum knee that has been operated on three times since September.
"It feels good," he told reporters in Arizona. "Scary good. It's the best it's felt in five years."
Well, that's obviously a good thing for the Rangers to hear, but it's not without some caveats, including the fact he had another cortisone injection in his knee just 11 days ago. That came just a few weeks after his previous one.
The closer together you get cortisone injections, the less and less effective they are, so he can't get in that kind of habit, but hey, at least it's alleviated whatever pain he had in the knee.
The Dallas Morning News reported Hamilton will return to Arlington with the Rangers when they break camp next week and be a part of the Opening Day ceremonies on April 4 before returning to Arizona to ramp up his baseball activity with hopes of making his season debut by early May.
"I'm happy with where we are at," Hamilton told the Morning News. "The experience of getting too excited, pushing too hard and having setbacks has helped me settle down and stay with the plan."