Hamilton set to have sore shoulder examined
CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made a nice diving play that potentially prevented Alcides Escobar from hitting a triple for the Royals. But the club is hoping it wasn't costly to Hamilton's health.
Hamilton exited Tuesday night's 3-1 loss in 13 innings before the top of the 12th with a sore right shoulder. When Escobar hit a liner to right-center field to lead off the 11th, Hamilton made a diving attempt and got the ball on one hop, and prevented it from rolling to the wall. Then, he got up and threw out Escobar trying for two bases with a great throw to second base. After a review, the call was ruled as stands. Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected arguing the call.
"He jammed his shoulder so we're going to check him out with the doctor [Wednesday]," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Marlon Byrd moved from left field to center to replace Hamilton while Skip Schumaker took over in left field.
Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek will examine Hamilton.
"We won't know until tomorrow if there's anything. It's just sore. To try and throw with that shoulder, it just didn't make any sense," Price said. "We hope there is good news coming out of the doctor's office tomorrow."
The Royals challenged the call at second base, disputing whether shortstop Eugenio Suarez tagged Escobar before he touched second base. The replay official ruled the call stands because he could not definitively determine that Escobar contacted second base prior to Suarez applying the tag.
Hamilton is batting .226/.272/.290 this season with 54 steals in 107 games. He was 0-for-3 on Tuesday with a walk and a stolen base.