October 23, 2001
It looks like Devil Rays top prospect Josh Hamilton won’t have back surgery after all.
Arizona Diamondbacks back specialist Volker Sonntag examined Hamilton and recommended a steroid injection, rest and rehabilitation to alleviate the lower back pain that has plagued Hamilton since March.
Hamilton missed the first week of the Arizona Fall league with a sore shoulder and then played just two games before having trouble with his back. The Tampa Tribune reported Friday that he would have surgery on a herniated disc on his lower back.
Now the Devil Rays expect him to be ready to play by spring training in February.
Hamilton, who was involved in a car accident during spring training, played only 27 games during the regular season because of back and leg problems.