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MLB notebook: Injured left knee sends Rangers' Hamilton to DL

| Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 6:54 p.m.

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured left knee.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the five-time All-Star, bothered by swelling in the knee, received a stem cell and platelet rich plasma injection Monday when he was examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, will be on crutches for seven-to-10 days and is projected to need eight weeks of recovery time.

Levine said Hamilton likely would start a minor league rehabilitation assignment in late April and the Rangers hope he will return to their lineup in early May.

• Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB.com he and outfielder Bryce Harper have had preliminary talks about a contract extension. Harper won't become a free agent until after the 2018 World Series.

• Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he found it “surreal” to see GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “threaten” his mother on Twitter over her political contributions. Earlier this week, Trump posted a tweet that said: “I hear the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!” The reference was to a reported contribution made by Ricketts' mother, Marlene, to an anti-Trump PAC.

• Francisco Rodriguez is on his way to spring training. After missing a week of camp because of visa issues, the Tigers closer from Venezuela has those issues resolved, was traveling Wednesday and should be in Tiger Town on Thursday.

• The suspension of Mets reliever Hansel Robles was cut from three games to two after he agreed to drop his appeal. He was penalized for throwing near the head of a Philadelphia batter Sept. 30.

• The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Jamey Wright to a minor league deal. Wright, 41, sat out last season after being released by Texas at the end of spring training.

• Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels struck out trying to see last year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show despite paying almost $70,000 to a London-based event promoter for VIP tickets, according to a recent lawsuit. The suit alleges Hamels and his party received none of the promised perks and were denied entry to the event. Hamels is seeking $150,000 in damages for fraud and misrepresentation.

— Wire reports

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