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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Angels Injury Update: C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton

By on 8/03/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels fell to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday by the score of 10-3. The loss dropped the Angels to 65-44, second in the American League West. The Rays hammered C.J. Wilson for six runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Michael Roth absorbed punishment in 4 2/3 innings in long relief, allowing four runs on seven hits. The game saw the return of Wilson and outfielder Josh Hamilton, who suffered a contusion on his left middle finger on Friday. Hamilton went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.

Our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported on July 29 that Wilson, who has been on the disabled list since July 10th with an ankle injury, should be ready to return this week.

As for Hamilton, I reported yesterday morning that he suffered a contusion on his left middle finger when he was hit by a pitch from Jeff Beliveau in the seventh inning. 

Jeff Fletcher, who covers the Angels for the Orange County Register, tweeted the following on Wilson and Hamilton prior to last night's game.
Wilson, who last pitched on July 9 due to a right ankle sprain, struggled and had been pitching poorly prior to the injury. Over his last five starts, Wilson's ERA has gone from 3.34 to 4.74.

Wilson, in his 10th Major League season, has played for the Rangers and Angels. His best season was in 2011 when he went 16-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings. In 411 career games, Wilson is 81-58 with 52 saves and a 3.67 ERA.

Hamilton has missed significant time this season due to injury and is batting .286 with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 59 games. The eight-year veteran has played for the Reds, Rangers and Angels and has a career batting average of .294 with 189 home runs and 665 RBI.

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