Originally posted on Fox Sports West
By MICHAEL MARTINEZ  |  Last updated 7/23/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. Outfielder Josh Hamilton was not in the Angels starting lineup for a second consecutive day, leaving open the possibility that he might be headed to the disabled list. Hamilton underwent an MRI and an X-ray on his stiff right ankle, and the Angels were awaiting the results before deciding what to do next. Asked if the DL might be an option, manager Mike Scioscia said, "We hope not." Hamilton suffered the injury at home Sunday night, although the team did not provide any details about how it occurred. But Scioscia said Hamilton was feeling better when he arrived at the ballpark Tuesday. "He's feeling a little better than he did yesterday, so hopefully it'll be day to day," he said. "But we'll wait for what our medical staff decides is the best course of action." Scioscia said Hamilton was not available off the bench for the game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. On another front, the team has made no decision regarding right-hander Joe Blanton, who failed to pitch out of the fourth inning Monday night and suffered his 13th loss in a 4-3 defeat to the Twins. Blanton could lose his job in the starting rotation, although Scioscia offered no clue which way he was leaning, saying, "We're working on a couple of things now. We're going to see where we are." Reliever Garrett Richards would be an option to replace Blanton, but he has thrown primarily in relief this season. Richards has started four times, all in April. "If you're going to make a decision (on Richards), he's not going to be able to go out there and start with 75-80 pitches," Scioscia said. "If you're asking what Garrett would do as a starter, you're probably starting him at 60-65 pitches. That's four to five innings." Left-hander Jason Vargas, who has been out since June 21 because of a blood clot in his left armpit area, is expected throw a couple of bullpen sessions before going out on a rehab assignment. Scioscia said Vargas is between 10 days and two weeks away from returning to the team.
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