Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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 designated hitter. 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 bit." 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. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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