The Los Angeles Angels held Josh Hamilton out of yesterday’s
weekend opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, as the outfielder continues to
deal with a sore left shoulder, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
While Hamilton has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for
the last few days, Friday was his first absence from Los Angeles’ lineup since
July 24. He was able to suit up for all of the team’s previous three games
against the Tampa Bay Rays because the Angels were able to use him as their
This has protected Hamilton from using his ailing shoulder
in the field, but DH was no longer an option yesterday in Milwaukee. Hamilton
attempted to throw prior to yesterday’s game, but he wasn’t able to do so
without experiencing pain. While manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton wasn’t
even available to pinch-hit yesterday, the skipper was hopeful that the slugger
could return to the team’s starting lineup today.
"It's getting better than it was a couple days
ago," Scioscia said, "but it's still bothering him a little
Considering Hamilton will have to play the field if he wants
to return to regular action this weekend, there’s a chance that he’s sidelined
until the start of the work week as a result of his injury. He could also be
back in action today if Scioscia and the Angels determine it’s a condition Hamilton
can play through.
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