In last night's loss to the Seattle Mariners, Angels RF Josh Hamilton left in the 9th inning with a thumb injury. With the tying run on base, the team was forced to send Ian Stewart to hit for Hamilton. Of course, the final score was 5-3 and all three runs came in the first inning.
This afternoon, the team broke the news that Josh Hamilton would need surgery to fix a 'a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament to the left thumb along with a torn capsule." He will be out for roughly 6-8 weeks when the surgery is performed within the next few days. The injury itself occurred when Hamilton slid into first base in the 7th inning head-first.
Who will take Hamilton's place on the 25-man roster? None other than J.B. Shuck. Late last month, Shuck was informed he would be sent to the Salt Lake Bees. Very disappointing for a guy that had a good run with the team last month and a decent Spring Training with five triples. Shuck will be Hamilton's replacement for at least the next 15-days, but will the recovery requiring more time, Shuck will be around a bit longer.
So J.B. Shuck is back, but we shall see if Mike Scioscia inserts him into the lineup right away or gives someone like Collin Cowgill playing time.
Hamilton on head first slide into 1B: "If I could see future, I wouldn't have done it, but my mind tells me to react one way."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 9, 2014
David Freese, the optimist:
More Freese: "These things happen, but you battle through them, guys will step up, we'll be all right." #Angels— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 9, 2014