Angels OF Josh Hamilton out 3-8 weeks after right shoulder injury
Josh Hamilton will have right shoulder surgery to repair the AC joint, the Angels said on Tuesday.
Hamilton, who turns 34 in May, will have surgery Wednesday and has an expected recovery time of 6-8 weeks. He is scheduled to resume baseball activities within three to eight weeks, the Angels added.
In September, Hamilton suffered discomfort in the same shoulder and played just four games that month amid growing concern over his shoulder. Hamilton returned and played in the postseason but didn't get a hit; he was 0 for 13 as the Angels were swept in the first round by Kansas City.
Hamilton was trying to rehabilitate the injury without surgery but the release said "symptoms resurfaced this past week."
This is disappointing news given Hamilton's struggles last season and the fact that spring training is about to begin. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19.
Last season, Hamilton hit .263 with just 10 home runs and 44 RBI. He played in just 89 games for the Angels as he dealt with injuries.
Hamilton, the former Ranger who lives in Texas during the offseason, is scheduled to undergo surgery performed by Dr. Keith Meister at the Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics.