Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss a fifth straight game due to a right shoulder injury he sustained against the Houston Astros last week. Hamilton's situation has concerned the Angels.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton's right shoulder injury has his team concerned.
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Hamilton will miss a fifth straight game due to the injury which he sustained against the Houston Astros last week, per a Sept. 9 update from MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez:
"Angels cleanup hitter Josh Hamilton on Tuesday missed his fifth straight game with lingering stiffness near his right shoulder, an ailment that doesn't seem to be getting any better as the regular season winds down.
"'When you're in a pennant race, these guys are out there and they're playing banged up, and for Josh not to be playing, he's hurting,' manager Mike Scioscia said prior to Tuesday's series opener against the (Texas) Rangers. 'He'd be out there if it was something he could play through. There's a concern with that.'
"Hamilton aggravated his AC joint while fielding a liner off the wall in last Thursday's second inning, then he exited the game in the middle of the eighth, took a cortisone shot postgame and missed games at Target Field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"During that time, the injury moved from Hamilton's AC joint to his trapezius muscle, prompting him to take a couple of trigger-point injections to loosen up some knots and miss two more games -- at Progressive Field on Monday, at Globe Life Park on Tuesday.
"Hamilton's health isn't necessarily improving right now.
"'He had been,' Scioscia said, 'but today, at first blush when he was getting worked on, it didn't look like he was going in the right direction.'
"Hamilton -- batting .263 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 88 games -- took some swings in the cage early on Tuesday, but he didn't feel right and spent a lot of the afternoon plugged into an electrical nerve stimulation unit. Asked if he's hopeful Hamilton can rejoin the Angels before they leave Texas on Thursday, Sciscia said: 'We don't know. We just don't know.'"
Despite Hamilton's absence, MLB.com's Richard Justice credits the Halos' success -- an MLB-leading 88-55 (.615) through Sept. 9 -- to contributions from everybody on the team:
"Josh Hamilton has missed 55 games. No regular is hitting .300. Another starter, Tyler Skaggs, is also gone for the season with Tommy John surgery.
"All of which makes the ride that much more enjoyable. The Halos aren't one player or even four or five players. They're a couple dozen contributing in various ways. They're a creative general manager and one of the best managers in the history of the game.
"'It seems like every time there's a pothole or a roadblock thrown in front of these guys, they might stub their toe, but they keep playing baseball,' Scioscia said. 'They know we have to keep doing that.'
"Mike Trout, with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs, is the best player in the game, and he is nicely positioned to win the AL Most Valuable Player Award after finishing second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera the past two seasons.
"Albert Pujols (26 home runs, 91 RBIs) is still among the most feared offensive players in baseball. But the Angels are getting contributions from every corner of the clubhouse.
"Shortstop Erick Aybar has delivered big hit after big hit. So has second baseman Howie Kendrick and third baseman David Freese and lots of others.
"There have been huge contributions fro the farm system, from rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker (14-4, 3.25 ERA) and outfielder Kole Calhoun (.284, 14 home runs) and others.
"The Angels will need their two veteran starters, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, to be at their best in October, but it would be foolish to doubt what the Halos are capable of. Angels' starters have allowed three earned runs or less in 25 of the past 28 games.
"General manager Jerry Dipoto did a tremendous job constructing a deep, talented bullpen, completing it with the non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition of closer Huston Street. That bullpen has a 2.36 ERA in its last 73 appearances. It's so good that Scioscia has turned Richards' spot in the rotation over to sort of a bullpen day.
"All of this comes after a tough couple of years in which the Halos made some high-profile acquisitions -- Pujols, Hamilton, Wilson -- but were unable to get enough pieces to move past the (Oakland) A's and Rangers."
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