"It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," Dipoto said. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an
Dipoto stressed that Hamilton, who is rehabilitating the shoulder in Houston, did not have a setback. In assessing Hamilton's condition, doctors determined a longer recovery could be required.
"Surgery is always complicated," Manager
Hamilton, who hasn't lived up to the expectations of the five-year, $125-million contract he signed before 2013, missed most of last September because of a right-shoulder injury. He declared himself fit for the playoffs but went hitless — often looking overmatched — in 13 at-bats.
Hamilton, 33, took a few extra weeks to heal before beginning workouts, but the shoulder flared up in late January when he tried to swing a bat with full force.
Hamilton will miss most, if not all, of