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Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton exits with knee soreness

By on 7/26/2014 06:30:00 AM

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton made an early exit on Friday, coming out of the team's 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning. Matthew DeFranks of reports that Hamilton was removed as a result of a sore left knee.

DeFranks writes that manager Mike Scioscia considers Hamilton day-to-day and he will be reevaluated Saturday. The 33-year-old has been dealing with leg tightness, which Scioscia believed was likely connected to this knee trouble. Efren Navarro replaced Hamilton in the game and drove home the winning run when he singled in the sixth.

Hamilton is still struggling to live up to the massive 5-year, $133 million contract the Angels gave him before the 2013 season. Over 870 plate appearances in Anaheim, Hamilton has hit .261/.323/.431 with 26 home runs. That contrasts starkly with his time in a Rangers uniform, when he was a .305/.363/.549 hitter over five seasons, including his outstanding 1.044 OPS, 40 home run MVP season in 2011.

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