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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Josh Hamilton confident of playoff return

By on 9/25/2014 11:15:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels won their 98th game of the season last night with a 5-4 victory over the Oakland A's. Howie Kendrick lead the offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. With three games remaining, the Angels have a chance to win 100 games in a season for the first time since 2008 and the 2nd time in franchise history. On the injury front, Josh Hamilton is confident he'll be ready for the playoffs after battling numerous injuries this past month.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on September 23 that Hamilton, who received seven cortisone injections late last week and started hitting off a tee Monday, would likely return for the final weekend of the regular season.

An update on Hamilton, as reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, is that Hamilton will now likely sit out the final three regular-season games in Seattle. He has missed 18 of the last 19 games due to injuries to his chest, rib-cage and shoulder, but feels he'll be ready to return for the playoffs.

Although Hamilton will have had only three at bats since September 16 when the playoffs open, he's not concerned that his inactivity will affect his performance in the playoffs.
“I’m just going off past experiences. I’ve been through it before, where I’ve missed a whole month of September, came back for the playoffs and did well. So who knows what’s going to happen?"
Hamilton, in his eighth Major League season, is batting .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI this season. The veteran outfielder has played for the Reds, Rangers and Angels and is a career .292 hitter with 192 home runs and 676 RBI. 

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