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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton takes batting practice

By on 5/29/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels dropped to two and a half games back of the Oakland A's in the American League West following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Although fifth in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Angels had only a single run on a double by Albert Pujols and four hits off Felix Hernandez.  The offense could get a boost soon as Josh Hamilton took batting practice and is expected to start a rehab assignment in the near future.

As reported by Alden Gonzalez of, Hamilton suffered a bone bruise on his left thumb during his first rehab game on Thursday, but felt good while taking batting practice in the cage on Wednesday. He hopes to hit again prior to today's game.

Hamilton wants to hit off pitches with good velocity from a batting practice machine to see how a few mishit balls feel on his thumb. He's been hitting with a protective splint on his thumb and although tentative at first, cut it loose after a few swings and felt good.

The Angels are currently going with an outfield of Collin Cowgill, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun with Raul Ibanez and Grant Green as the reserves.

Hamilton is in the middle of a five-year, $133 million contract through the 2017 season.  The five-time All Star and American League MVP in 2010, is batting .444 with two home runs and six RBI in 33 at bats this season. Last year, Hamilton batted 250 average with 21 home runs and 79 RBI.  He is a career .296 hitter with 184 home runs and 638 RBI.

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