Apr 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) high-fives second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels: Josh Hamilton Tears Thumb Ligament, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks


Along with the Seattle Mariners making mincemeat of the Los Angeles Angels in the early goings of this season, things just got worse for Mike Scioscia‘s club during their 5-3 loss at Safeco Field on Tuesday night.

It seems like the injury woes that have hit the Dodgers have moved down I-5 to Anaheim as an MRI showed that Josh Hamilton, who had started off hot, tore a ligament in this left thumb when he slid into first base during the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game in Seattle.

Whether or not surgery is needed will be determined on Friday, but the Halos’ left fielder is projected to miss six to eight weeks, which maims a 3-5 Angel team already hurting due to a lack of performance from too many of their pitchers.

As an illustration, their ace, Jered Weaveris already 0-2.

J.B. Shuck has already been called up from Triple-A Salt Lake as Hamilton was put on the 15-day disabled list.

Hamilton, who’s in the second year of a five-year, $125 million contract, was batting .444 with two homers and six RBIs in 27 at-bats at the time of the injury.

It’s shade of last season when Weaver broke his wrist on a  line drive against the Texas Rangers; the Angels’ season was more or less permanently damaged from that point on and history may well repeat itself this time around.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols will certainly not be given nearly as many pitches to hit due to this unfortunate development, and unless the pitching straightens up now (or at least ASAP)…

It looks like it may be another long spring and summer in Anaheim and another year without an appearance in the postseason.








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