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Originally published April 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM | Page modified April 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

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Angels’ Josh Hamilton will miss up to eight weeks with thumb injury

Hamilton suffers torn ligament in left thumb after headfirst slide Tuesday night against Mariners.


The Associated Press

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Josh Hamilton’s attempt to beat out an infield grounder with a headfirst slide into first base landed him on the bench for up to two months.

The 2010 AL MVP was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the Los Angeles Angels with a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was hurt trying to hustle down the line and beat out a grounder in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s loss to Seattle. Hamilton was thrown out, but the consequences of his decision ended up being far greater.

“The news sucks. Any time you play and you’re playing hard and having fun, the last thing you want to do is do something that is going to cause you to miss time and maybe hurt your team in the long run,” Hamilton said. “If I could see the future, obviously, I wouldn’t do it.”

Los Angeles said an MRI Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the thumb’s ulnar collateral ligament. After initially saying hand and wrist specialist Dr. Steven Shin would operate at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles, the Angels said Hamilton will be examined by Shin on Friday to determine whether surgery is needed.

Hamilton was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and outfielder J.B. Shuck was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake.

Notes

• The Tampa Bay Rays were still unsure whether left-hander Matt Moore will need surgery on his ailing left elbow after he was examined by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews.

Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox ended up with a jammed left shoulder in the sixth inning against Colorado. And while X-rays were negative for a fracture or a separation, he will undergo an MRI on Thursday as a precaution.



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