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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPDATED: Angels' Josh Hamilton likely out 6-8 weeks

By on 4/09/2014 06:26:00 PM

The Los Angeles Angels are off to a slow start with a 3-5 record as they finish off a small two game set in Seattle tonight.  They lost a close one last night but it may end up being even more costly with slugger Josh Hamilton having to leave with an injury.  They also released news earlier in the day about Rule 5 pick Brian Moran that was quite the letdown.  Let's go over both injuries.

Josh Hamilton
Hamilton is off to a hot start this season, hitting .444 (12-27) through eight games with two doubles, two home runs & six runs batted in.  The Angels are hoping he's back to the form he was in when he signed his monster deal with them.  Last night he slid head first in to first base during the seventh inning, injuring his thumb.  Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has some details:
"Hamilton said X-rays were negative, and he’ll have an MRI exam Wednesday. The finger was sore and swollen an hour after the game ended."
Hamilton was swarmed by reporters after the game, not because of his injury, but because he had a catch reviewed & overturned.  Hamilton caught a fly ball but dropped the ball when transferring it to his bare hand.  The Angels don't know yet if they'll have to make a DL move.  If they do, J.B. Shuck could be on his way to the big leagues.  If not, expect Colin Cowgill to play left field for a couple of games.

UPDATED (6:23pm): Josh Hamilton has a torn ligament in his thumb & will be out 6-8 weeks, as tweeted by Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times.  Di Giovanna reports that his surgery will be this week & the Angels will have a better idea of a timeline once the swelling goes down.  He has been placed on the DL & J.B Shuck has been called up as expected.
UPDATED (7:01pm): Angels say he will see a doctor on Friday to see if surgery is an absolute.

Brian Moran
The Blue Jays selected Moran in the Rule 5 draft this past winter & then traded him to the Angels for international bonus slot money.  Moran was sought after by many clubs in the rule 5 draft because of how well he performed for the Mariners' Triple-A team last season.  He compiled a 3.45 ERA along with a 12.2 K/9 rate in 63.2 innings.  He started the season on the DL but Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times had some bad news in a tweet yesterday:
Moran joins the ever growing list of Tommy John recipients.  In the past three days alone we've seen the likes of Bobby Parnell, Jameson Taillon & Cory Gearrin join the list.  He'll need the average 12-18 months for recovery and obviously, is out for the rest of the season.

Stay tuned to Sports Injury alert for any future updates.

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