Hamilton still day-to-day
When the Reds clubhouse opened Tuesday afternoon, Reds rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton was concerned he might have to go on the disabled list as he awaited an examination with Dr. Tim Kremchek. The middle of his left hand remained swollen from the two sprained knuckles he’s had since Thursday. A testing out of the injury on the field earlier today did not go well.
“After swinging the bat today, it’s very tough,” Hamilton said. “I did three swings, maybe, I couldn’t hold on to the bat. The bat fell out of my hand.”
Later, Kremchek did see Hamilton.
“He looked at him and he’s shown some improvement but he’s still the proverbial day-to-day,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said.
No MRI was ordered for Hamilton at this point.
“It’s all about the pain,” Jocketty said. “There’s nothing, from what I understand, more he can do to damage it. It’s just being able to tolerate the pain.”
Jocketty was not planning on putting Hamilton on the disabled list, which is already loaded with lots of players.
“Not yet,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know who we’d replace him with.”
That was in reference to several organizational outfielders also being on the DL in the Minors — from Ryan LaMarre to Yorman Rodriguez to Jesse Winker. Donald Lutz recently came off but has been sick.