Reds’ speedster Hamilton can count on ‘specialty’ coaching

CINCINNATI — If there’s one silver lining to Billy Hamilton’s injury is that he now can attend his sister’s wedding.

The 25-year-old center fielder’s season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery now will take place Tuesday.

“Since we don’t anticipate his recovery time being very long, he’ll go to the wedding and come back and have his surgery on Tuesday,” said manager Bryan Price.

Jason Bourgeois started in center in Thursday night’s 6-4 loss to the New York Mets.

Hamilton leads the major leagues with 57 stolen bases, masking a sub-par season at the plate.

After batting .226 in 114 games, Hamilton plans to do post-rehab work in Southern California with Reds hitting coach Don Long.

“We expect that to include some specialty coaching,” Price said. “Perhaps with Don Long or others, and not just on his swing, either, but on using his speed better, like in bunting.”

After hitting only .230 in the leadoff spot, Hamilton was demoted to the ninth spot in the order where he hit .223.

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CINCINNATI — If there’s one silver lining to Billy Hamilton’s injury is that he now can attend his sister’s wedding. The 25-year-old center fielder’s season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery now will take place Tuesday. “Since we don’t anticipate his recovery time being very long, he’ll go to the wedding and come back and have his surgery […]

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