Fantasy Baseball: Reds' Billy Hamilton out with finger injury; other injury news

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Fantasy baseball owners who invested in Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton were starting to reap the rewards lately as the speedy center fielder was starting to heat up.

Now it looks as if you will have to go without Hamilton for the time being.

Apr 29, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (6) singles during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Hamilton made a spectacular catch to begin Thursday’s game against the Brewers, but it may prove costly.

He ran back toward the gap and made a superb diving catch that robbed Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez of an extra-base hit. After hitting the ground rather hard, Hamilton got up slowly.

The Reds announced that Hamilton sprained the third and fourth knuckles on his left hand. Although he finished the top of the inning, he was lifted for pinch-hitter Chris Heisey to open the bottom of the first.

In 27 games, Hamilton is batting .245 with one home run, six RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 16 attempts.

Hamilton is likely not headed to the disabled list but likely won’t see much action the next few days. That makes Heisey and even a guy like Roger Bernadina an intriguing option.

In other injury news:

Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

Cargo’s knee continues to give him problems, but this time he had to leave Thursday’s game in the fourth-inning; it was a left index finger contusion.

The severity of the injury is unknown, but it is assumed to be a day-to-day situation.

Gonzalez hit his sixth homer of the season before the injury.

You may want to monitor his situation as a DL trip could be in his future just to get him totally healthy.

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kershaw came out of his rehab start on Wednesday in pretty good shape and likely will return to the Dodgers’ rotation Monday night in Washington.

His return to the rotation will result in the bumping of someone, most likely Paul Maholm, to the bullpen.

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