Josh Hamilton is batting .263 with 10 home runs in 89 games.
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Angels OF Josh Hamilton has been disappointing fantasy owners all season long, so why stop now? Hamilton has a ribcage injury that figures to keep him out for the rest of the regular season, and possibly into the playoffs. If your fantasy squad includes Hamilton, find a replacement, and start looking in this week’s edition of Free Agent Frenzy.
Remember that the Orioles, Nationals and Angels have clinched their respective divisions. They’ll be resting players sporadically over the next 10 days, probably without much warning.
Indians 2B Jason Kipnisleft Thursday’s game because of a nagging hamstring injury, and his status for the weekend is TBD. SS/OF Zach Walters pinch-ran in the game, and hopes to play this weekend after missing a couple of days with an intercostal strain.
In Padres news, RP Joaquin Benoit will probably pitch a low-stress inning before returning to the closer’s role, and SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) isn’t expected to play until next week.
Robbie Erlin’ssix-inning, one-run win improved our record to 99-57 for the season. The weekend selections are Jose Quintana (owned in 36.5 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) at Tampa tonight; Miami’s Jarred Cosart (22.8 percent owned) versus the already-clinched Nationals on Saturday; and Anaheim’s Cory Rasmus (0.8 percent owned) against the always-depleted Rangers on Sunday. If you need to dig deeper on Saturday, try Oakland’s Drew Pomeranz (5.1 percent owned) against the Phillies. Have I mentioned here lately how bad the Phillies are? Many times? OK.