Updates from Tuesday, June 3
The Angels confirmed Josh Hamilton's return to the team's roster via its Twitter account:
Updates from Monday, June 2
Orange County Register reporter Jeff Fletcher has the latest on Hamilton:
When the Angels play their next game, on Tuesday, Josh Hamilton will be back in their lineup.
Hamilton has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on a headfirst slide into first base on April8. He then bruised his thumb when he was jammed by an inside pitch in the first game of his rehab assignment on May23.
In order to make room for Hamilton, the Angels optioned right-hander Jarrett Grube a day after he had been called up to the majors for the first time.
Updates from Sunday, June 1
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register provides an update on Josh Hamilton's recovery:
#Angels Josh Hamilton played the entire game at AAA. He went 2 for 5. In 2 games he's 4 for 9.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 1, 2014
#Angels Josh Hamilton will work out, not play, with AAA Salt Lake City today. If that goes well, he'll be activated Tuesday.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 1, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 29
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has the latest on Hamilton's status:
Josh Hamilton took about 100 swings in the indoor batting cage and said he felt good. He is planning to take batting practice on the field Thursday. He also said he wants to see some game-speed pitching from a machine to try to gauge how his thumb will feel when he mis-hits a ball.
If he passes those tests, he could resume his rehab assignment this weekend.
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Orange County Register reporter Jeff Fletcher has an update on Josh Hamilton's status:
#Angels Josh Hamilton said he took about 100 swings in the cage today. Will hit on field tomorrow. Went well.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 28, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 26
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has an update on Josh Hamilton's thumb and when he'll start swinging a bat again:
Josh Hamilton has a bone bruise on left thumb. Will take a couple days off before starting BP again. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 26, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 25
After sitting out the last three games, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times has the latest update on Josh Hamilton:
In the last at-bat of his first game at triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, Hamilton was jammed by a fastball and experienced discomfort in his surgically repaired left thumb. He has not played since, and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said the team's medical staff would evaluate him.
The Angels play in Seattle starting Monday. Salt Lake plays in nearby Tacoma starting Tuesday, and Scioscia said the Angels could check Hamilton in Seattle. That would indicate Hamilton probably would not play for Salt Lake on Monday.
Updates from Friday, May 23
Orange County Register reporter Jeff Fletcher has an update on Hamilton's progress:
#Angels Josh Hamilton finished 2-4 with a 2B in his first rehab game at AAA. Expected to be activated Monday.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 23, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has the latest on Josh Hamilton as he attempts to make his comeback to the Angels:
Looks like Josh Hamilton will start playing in rehab games on Friday. Hopes to play in three and then be activated Monday in Seattle.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 20, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 16
Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times provides a statement from Angels manager Mike Scioscia discussing Josh Hamilton's injury status:
Hamilton took batting practice for the first time since he injured his left thumb and went on the disabled list April 9.
'He's kept himself as close as he can to staying in baseball shape with some of the drills he's done,' Scioscia said, adding that it's hoped Hamilton can start playing rehabilitation games in a week or so.
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Pedro Moura of the OC Register has the latest on Josh Hamilton's timetable for returning to the Angles lineup:
Josh Hamilton took one-handed swings on the field today. He said he expects to be back in the majors the weekend of May 23-25— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 7, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 5
Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports when Josh Hamilton is expected to resume batting practice:
LF Josh Hamilton (torn ligament in left thumb) is expected to begin taking batting practice Friday at the Angels’ extended spring training facility in Arizona while the team begins a six-game trip in Toronto.
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports the latest on Hamilton's status:
Injured slugger Josh Hamilton (torn left thumb ligament) has had the cast on his left hand removed in favor of a small black splint.
He took one-handed swings Monday and is expected to resume standard baseball activities next week. The initial 6-8 week projection would have him returning between May 23 and June 6, but the Angels are hoping he can beat that.
“He’s a little ahead of the curve, so that’s encouraging,” Scioscia said. “But there’s still work to do.”
Updates from Monday, April 14
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has the latest update on Josh Hamilton's thumb:
Josh Hamilton has a soft cast on. Will replace it Friday with removable splint. No baseball activities until May 2. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 11
Bill Shaikin of the LA Times provides an update on Josh Hamilton's thumb surgery:
Josh Hamilton had his thumb surgery today, Scioscia said. All went well.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
The Angels have announced Josh Hamilton will require surgery on his injured thumb:
Outfielder Josh Hamilton to undergo thumb surgery...J.B. Shuck recalled from Salt Lake #Angels— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 9, 2014
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times provides a timetable for Hamilton's recovery:
Josh Hamilton: torn ulnar collateral ligament, surgery will keep him out 6-8 weeks.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 9, 2014
Hamilton briefly commented on today's diagnosis via Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
#Angels LF Josh Hamilton: "The news sucks. Any time you're playing hard and having fun, last thing u want to do... is miss time, hurt team."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 9, 2014
Yet later in the evening the Angels announced he may not need surgery after all:
Hamilton update - surgery is not a certainty. He will see Dr. Shin on Friday to determine if surgery is required. #Angels— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 9, 2014
The MLB season is only eight games old for the Los Angeles Angels, but they received some bad news during Tuesday’s contest against the division rival Seattle Mariners.
The team’s official Twitter page updated fans on outfielder Josh Hamilton’s health:
Injury Update: Josh Hamilton left tonight's game vs. Seattle with a left thumb injury. #Angels— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 9, 2014
MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez supplied Mike Scioscia's thoughts:
Scioscia on Hamilton's thumb: "We'll keep our fingers crossed, but it's pretty sore."— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 9, 2014
Gonzalez also noted an update on Hamilton's X-ray:
X-rays were negative for Hamilton. Will have an MRI tomorrow.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 9, 2014
Hamilton was 0-for-3 against the Mariners before leaving the game, but he has gotten off to an impressive start in the opening games of the 2014 season. He is hitting .444 on the year with two home runs, six RBI, six walks and a stolen base. What’s more, his on-base percentage is .545 in the middle of the Angels’ lineup.
While it is far too early in the season to discuss how injuries will impact the pennant race, the fact that Hamilton will miss time after getting off to such a hot start is unfortunate for Los Angeles.
The team failed to meet expectations last year by missing the playoffs and needs its lineup that features marquee names like Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout to consistently produce this season.
Check back for updates as the situation develops.