Tuesday September 22nd, 2015

Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton will undergo season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday, general manager Walt Jocketty announced Monday.

“We think it’s in his best interest to shut him down now,” Jocketty said. “The idea is to do it now so he can get started on his off-season conditioning program, which starts Nov. 1.”

Despite not playing since last Wednesday, Hamilton still leads the majors with 57 steals in 65 attempts. He is hitting .217 with three stolen bases in seven games since his return from the 15-day disabled list on Sept. 7, and is batting .226 on the season.

After losing to the Cardinals on Monday night, the Reds have a 63–86 record and have already been statistically eliminated from playoff contention.

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