It appears as the Josh Hamilton has suffered yet another setback.
It looked as though Hamilton’s right shoulder tightness was improving when he played in Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, but the outfielder was out yet again Wednesday night in the Angels’ division-clinching win. Still unsure of exactly what the injury is, the Angels have shut him down for the time being with chest and rib pain.
Hamilton felt discomfort while taking early batting practice Monday and the pain only worsened when he played Tuesday.
"Two days ago when I was out taking early batting practice, into my second round I felt a little pain in my chest and kind of in my ribs and under my armpit," he said. "I continued to swing a little bit and I actually was available to pinch hit for that night. No big deal. Put me in the next day, I was still feeling it, worked through my routine in BP and then played that night.
"As I played, as I ran and as I swung, it got worse and worse to the point where it hurt to breathe. It just felt like my shoulder blade and everything was pretty locked up."
The pain was so severed that he was having difficulty breathing. Hamilton was absent from Wednesday night’s game as he underwent MRIs and saw a chiropractor twice, once at game time and once at home as well. He previously missed 11 games with shoulder discomfort but was not put on the disabled list.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he, "got a little bit of relief today" from the treatments and Hamilton did throw in pregame warm ups, saying needed to try to throw a little bit.
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"As soon as he can get out there and play we’re going to get him in the lineup and get some at-bats," Scioscia said.
As for the playoffs, he’s unsure if he will be available or not.
"You’re always concerned about it. If I had worked out today and felt great than I wouldn’t be concerned about it," Hamilton said. "I don’t know what to tell you as far as long-term, short-term or whatever, but the thing I’m going to do is what I need to do to get me back on the field."