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Josh Hamilton needs thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Apr 9, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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Some brutal injury news here for the Angels …

As first reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, outfielder Josh Hamilton has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb along with a torn capsule. He needs surgery and will be out forĀ 6-8 weeks.

Hamilton suffered the injury Tuesday on an ill-advised head-first slide into the first base bag. He was off to a promising start at the plate this season, boasting a .444 batting average and 1.286 OPS through eight games played. Hamilton had a .548 OPS last April.

J.B. Shuck was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday night to provide outfield depth.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Again…. Master of excellent decisions.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Mama always said – stupid is as stupid does.

  2. missthemexpos - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Sliding head- first into first base is like trying to beat the flashing lights at a train crossing, you might get away with a few times, but do it too often and something bad will eventually happen.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      A guy on my town once got hit by a train trying to cross on flashing lights. He was on a bicycle.

      I imagine that’s pretty much where Hamilton would’ve ended up if he hasn’t gotten a grip on himself.

      • gmsalpha - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        That is a very very strange post. What does a guy from your hometown getting hit by a train have to do with anything? And are you saying you think Josh Hamilton has gotten a grip on himself? And if he hadn’t, he’d hop on a bicycle and head towards the train tracks?

        Please sober up and try again.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:10 PM


        Did you read the post I replied to which mentioned people getting hit at a train crossing?

    • ch0psuey - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Perfect description

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      You may be right to be critical Hamilton’s decision to slide into first. In my own opinion as a fan, its dis concerning for him to get hurt when he was playing very well. He has overcome a lot in order to come back from his personal troubles and play well. Just maybe we can also look at his injury from the view point that it came from hustling and trying to help his team. Additionally, at least he isn’t a lazy player that will not always run hard to first base. I wish him well and to come back strong.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        So he made a really stupid play, that resulted in an injury, because he was hustling instead of actually playing the game properly and intelligently.

        Sliding into first, except in the very rare case that you have to avoid a tag, is incredibly stupid. Sliding headfirst is also usually ill advised.

        That’s like saying “Well, sure he broke his neck running into the wall with his head down….but he was running really hard to try and get the ball. So let’s give him credit for that.”

  3. echech88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Hustle never pays

    • yahmule - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Hustle is for suckers. False hustle, now that’s the ticket.

      • nbjays - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        Robinson Cano

  4. onbucky96 - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    A torn ligament must have been part of God’s plan for Josh Hamilton and his bible thumping wife once signing w/the Angels.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      why is that necessary and why are you hating on Hamilton? He is just a person and why do we need to attack his wife? Baseball is a game, not warfare.

      • mikeh3775 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Because they both said when he was a free agent, they would go where God wanted them to go, which of course just happened to be the team which offered the arrogant couple the most $$$.

        Yes folks, according to the Hamiltons, God’s plan is all about the $$$ not anything else

        I love it though, the Angles overspent on this piece of garbage, and are stuck with him for 8 more years with his over priced piece of garbage behind. His own stupidity cost him playing time. But hey, God told him to go for the $$$

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Whether it is actually Susan B. Anthony’s quote or not, this one is apropos:

        I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        “I love it though, the Angles overspent on this piece of garbage, and are stuck with him for 8 more years with his over priced piece of garbage behind.”

        Hamilton signed a 5 year contract. He has 3 years after this one.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Dude….he plays for the Angels. Of course that’s where God told him to go. C’mon son!

  5. illuminancer - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Why do guys do this?

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Well, the last guy I can remember getting badly injured during a headfirst slide was Manny Ramirez (at least his was into home, IIRC, and not pointlessly into first)…..

      So I assume it’s a byproduct of not being very bright.

      • clydeserra - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        you don’t remember a guy named….oh I can’t remember, Hosh Jamilton? (its a guess) getting injured sliding into home headfirst?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        I don’t remember that.

        Although the fact that this idiot once broke his arm sliding head first into home and now needs surgery because of an even worse decision is very telling, is it not?

    • peymax1693 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      It’s Puig’s fault. He has contaminated the rest of MLB with his lack of fundamentals

  6. connormyboy - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Has Hamilton ever played a complete season?

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      easy to look up, as quick as what you posted…

      and the answer is… twice… one season he played 156 games (of 162, but everyone should agree taking a game off here and there is still playing the whole season. the other season he played 151 games – this is getting close to maybe not playing the whole season, some will argue yes, others no).

      he played 148 games another season.

      his seasons go like this in order from best to worst

      156 games
      151 games
      148 games
      133 games
      121 games
      90 games
      89 games

      then whatever he plays this season

      • mikeh3775 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        In other words, nope he has never played a complete season. If a 37 yr old Cal Ripkin can play 162 games a year so can a 32 year old Josh Hamilton.

        And Cal wasn’t even getting the mad $$$ that this baby is getting.

      • clydeserra - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:10 PM



        anything over 145 games is a completer season to me. I would even accept less.

        Only 2 years he didn’t qualify for the batting crown. and last year was 151. before that 148,

      • cohnjusack - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        In other words, nope he has never played a complete season. If a 37 yr old Cal Ripkin can play 162 games a year so can a 32 year old Josh Hamilton.

        By this standard, only 4 players played a complete season last year. And only 1 players played a complete season in 2011. The other 1,295 players were just a bunch of babies, I suppose.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        I agree. Playing 90% of the games in a season counts as a full season.

        Which is exactly 145 games.

        Only 4 players played 162 games last year.

  7. mattyheisman - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Not that u guys care about my fantasy team but he just F’ed it royally with that ill advised slide. He said after the game it wasn’t a smart play but wouldn’t rule out doing it again. Nuff said

    • hoopmatch - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure Josh is just devastated that your fantasy team took a hit.

      • mattyheisman - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        I’m sure he could care less,doesn’t excuse a dumb play. The comments he made after the game ensures he’s a complete retard. And I’m sure he’s really upset collecting 25 mil a year on the DL. It’s like the Bryce Harper mentality,play the game balls to the wall,team be damned. Sliding into 1st base head first is one of the dumbest plays in baseball

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      If he was the anchor of your team…you lost before he got hurt. You just didn’t know it, yet.

  8. missingdiz - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    We learned in Little League to run it out and never dive at the bag. That was about a half-century ago and I believe that’s what’s been taught ever since, Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything dumber that MLB players so frequently do (on the field that is).

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      I did not play baseball past high school… but yes, I do not understand where the instinct to dive into first base could come from.

    • eshine76 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      My coach used to tell us that all the time. One kid on my team didn’t listen, slid head first and broke his hand. Every time I had to slide (which never included 1st base) I always thought of Jimmy and led with my feet. Seems like such a simple thing to learn…

      • peymax1693 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Plus, it’s more conducive to breaking up a DP. No second basemen or shortstop is going to be afraid of the runner taking them out if the runner goes in head first.

  9. leylandshospicenurse - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    My fantasy team just took a huge hit. I’m playing some combo of Kemp, Calabello, Morse, B Hamilton, Sizemore for the next 8 weeks….

  10. nsauser - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    The Angels better hope he doesn’t come to Tempe, AZ for his rehab.

  11. zzalapski - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    In light of this, Robinson Cano (14 games missed in last 7 full seasons) not running out every ground ball at full speed doesn’t seem as offensive.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Wrong. If Hamilton was running full speed through the bag as every player is taught from little league on to do at first base, he never gets hurt on that play. Sliding into first, headfirst or otherwise, isn’t “hustle”, it’s stupid. Sliding slows you down. Part of the reason you slide into second or third, other than avoiding a tag is to stop yourself from over running the bag. There is no reason to slide into a base you can run through. And it’s a force out at first, so there is no tag to avoid, as there might be at home plate.

      So no, Hamilton getting hurt doing something dumb doesn’t justify Cano jogging to first base.

      • zzalapski - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        You know that Cano’s first (and only, to date) DL stint was because of a strained hamstring, right? Maybe he has naturally tight hamstrings, and decided that he prefers to stay in the lineup rather than risk another DL stint putting the pedal to the metal on ground balls directly to infielders.

        As long as he’s putting up seasons of 6+ WAR and 150+ games at a middle infield position, fans of his team shouldn’t have a problem with his jogging.

      • yahmule - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        You can jam an ankle running full speed through the bag. I’ve seen it many times.

  12. mikeh3775 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    If sliding into first base is smart and “hustle”, how come sprint runners do not slide across the finish line when they race?

    Oh yeah, because runners hav a brain, unlike this overpaid baby

  13. favrewillplay4ever - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Addition by subtraction my friends…

  14. tfilarski - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM


  15. notsofast10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    If I had Hamilton on my Fantasy Team it would be devastating……. but I don’t so don’t worry!

  16. tcb2nyc - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    As a Rangers fan this news makes me very sad.

    Naw, just kidding, I’m laughing my ass off! He’s a rotten person playing for a rotten team. How did the Angels not see this coming? Dumbest executives in sports.

  17. moogro - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Assuming a salary of $15 million in 2014 for 12 months of year-round work, this mistake cost the team up to 2 months of production time at a contract minimum loss of $1.25 million dollars a month, for two months.

  18. dlhouse18 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Was he at least safe

    • badsequel - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Nobody who has ever slid into first base has ever been safe.

  19. cardsstl07 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Did he blame the 1st base coach and throw him under the bus?

  20. peddealer - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    No he actually was out on the play

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