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Friday, September 19, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton struggling with chest pain

By on 9/19/2014 10:15:00 AM

Josh Hamilton just can't seem to get healthy. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder had just got back on the field after battling a shoulder injury but Wednesday brought another ailment, this time in the form of stabbing chest pain. Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports that Hamilton was absent from Wednesday's win, and indeed the subsequent celebrations, because of pain in his chest and right rib cage that caused difficulty even when breathing.

DiGiovanna says that Hamilton went for an MRI, which revealed no abnormalities. He also did not play in Thursday's game and admitted he did not know how long it would take him to get back on the field. Hamilton reportedly started feeling the pain on Monday but there's still no real indication of what the injury is. Manager Mike Scioscia told DiGiovanna he hoped it was 'a minor blip' and promised that Hamilton would be back in the lineup when he was ready to take at-bats.

Hamilton will now definitely not play 100 games for the first time since 2009, when he appeared in 89 - also his current total. He has played just four games in September and missed most of April and all of May with a torn thumb ligament. The Angels don't need Hamilton right now, as the only thing left for them to play for is home field advantage, for which they have a 2 1/2 game lead, but they would like to be able to place him on their playoff roster with confidence in his health.

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