Angels activate David Freese from DL; Josh Hamilton nears return
MAY 20, 2014 7:25p ET
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Freese is ready to go, but he won't be without any pain. The Angels third baseman was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and was in the starting lineup at third base and batting sixth in the Angels' 9-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday.
Freese was placed on the DL with a small, non-displaced fracture on the middle finger of his right hand after being hit by a pitch earlier this month. He doesn't feel he will be affected at all by having to play through some pain.
"I did what I had to do in Salt Lake to prove that I could make every play (with) no problem," Freese said. "The swing feels good. Throwing, you still feel it but you're able to do everything and that's what we're working through. It's been a little over two weeks and the recovery's been great, so, I'm ready to go."
During his rehab assignment, the throwing was the biggest issue. He admitted he "chucked" a couple of balls into the ground in the beginning but progressively got better.
"Every day we took grounders and progressed before BP," Freese said. "Each day got better and yesterday was where I need to be."
Before going on the DL, Freese hit in six games in a row and lifted his batting average 53 points to .202. He says his timing at the plate felt "pretty good" throughout his entire stint on the disabled list.
The news is expected to only get better as the week progresses for the Angels.
Outfielder Kole Calhoun is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, and Josh Hamilton will go on a rehab assignment Thursday to Triple-A Salt Lake, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Hamilton, who's been out since early April after undergoing surgery on his left thumb, says he's in "such good shape" having been on the DL for the longest stint in his career. He's hopeful when he returns he can pick up where he left off.
"You got to have confidence when you're playing," said Hamilton, who's hit .444 in eight games this season with two home runs. "When I got hurt I was doing well so (I can't) think I'll come back struggling."
As he's gone through his rehab, Hamilton has worn a brace on his injured thumb. The brace has been taped secure to allow for him to hit and throw. He can go without the brace after Friday but says he may continue to wear it since it isn't bothersome.
Hamilton's return could be next week while the team is in Seattle -- the same place he suffered the injury at the beginning of this season.