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Josh Hamilton on setback with knee: ‘My confidence hasn’t wavered at all’

Josh Hamilton insists there’s no discouragement whatsoever over a recent setback involving his surgically repaired left knee.

The Texas Rangers veteran returned to Houston after leaving camp on Wednesday to have the knee examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed his ACL reconstructive surgery on Hamilton’s left knee last summer.

Hamilton, on a minor league contract, returned to camp Thursday and says he remains optimistic about making it back to the big leagues this season.

“My confidence hasn’t wavered at all,” Hamilton said, via The Dallas Morning News. “As far as not falling further behind in the process, if I’m in the cage and swinging by Monday, I think I can be on the field taking live batting practice, too. Those are the most important things that I need to do. I look at this as simply getting the kinks out. But I’m not going to a time on when; being ready to help this team from the start is still my main focus.”

Wednesday’s examination of Hamilton’s knee consisted of an MRI and a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection, per the report. Hamilton said the results of the exam indicated the ACL repair is holding up.

Hamilton started to feel pain int the knee while running “arcs” in the outfield.  Given he’s had 10 knee surgeries during the soon-to-be 36-year-old’s baseball career — including three on the same left knee — the setback is certainly cause for alarm, even if the knee is currently holding up.

After all, Hamilton has only played in 139 games over the past three seasons, which is perhaps why he exercised extreme caution after feeling pain in the knee during workouts.

“The way it felt, and it coming all of a sudden out of nowhere after feeling good concerned me a little,” Hamilton said. “Rather than wait around and get treatment for two weeks, we thought it best to get answers right away. I understand this is a process and as I introduce new things to it, there are times it will feel good and times the knee won’t like it.”