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Josh Hamilton’s return to the Angels will be delayed due to a bone bruise in his thumb

May 26, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton was originally hoping to make his return from left thumb surgery tonight, but the Angels will have to wait a little bit longer to get him back in the lineup.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com passes along word that Hamilton is currently dealing with a bone bruise in his thumb that is unrelated to the surgery. He suffered the setback when he got jammed by a pitch while playing in his first minor league rehab game last Thursday. He’ll take at least one day off from swinging a bat and will have go back out on a rehab stint before being cleared to rejoin the Angels.

Hamilton was hitting .444 (12-for-27) with two home runs, six RBI, and a 1.286 OPS over eight games prior to tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb on a head-first slide on April 8.

  1. doctornature - May 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    He separated his shoulder sliding head first in 2010 and missed all of September. Said he would continue to do so.

    So he tears his thumb up this time…sliding head first.

    Keep on smoking that pipe, Hamilton. It is your destiny to continue to be the dumbest natural talent to play the game.

  2. sprest83 - May 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Sliding head first into first base…so stupid.

  3. El Pollo Loco - May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Money well spent Moreno

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