Reds CF Billy Hamilton came out of Tuesday’s game against the Giants with a jammed left thumb, the same one that has bothered him since April 15 after a home run robbing catch of Matt Carpenter in St. Louis.
Hamilton was out of the lineup on Wednesday vs. San Francisco. But he’s available off of the bench.
“I think he’s playable. I don’t think he’s unable to play,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have to take him out of the game with inflammation and then fire him up there the next day. I’d like to see it calm down and feel more optimistic that he’s back to normal before I put him in there for a start.”
Hamilton may not be able to hit, but he can still change a game with his speed — either on the bases as a pinch-runner or defensively.
“It’s his glove hand so from a defensive and base running standpoint, it doesn’t limit him,” Price said.