As the Los Angeles Angels look to avoid the pitfalls of the last couple disappointing seasons in the early weeks of 2014, the health and performances of big-money veterans Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are being closely monitored. One can imagine the collective groan, then, when Hamilton was forced to the disabled list after injuring his thumb on a headfirst slide last week.
Hamilton underwent thumb surgery at the end of the week, and while it will still be a while until the thumb is right, he will be able to resume working out on Friday. As for when he will actually return to action, Hamilton says it is too early to tell (quotes from MLB.com):
I’m not going to put a time frame on it…I’m just going to do what I need to do, as far as listening to the doctor, in terms of keeping it stable for the first two or three weeks. And then after that, once they tell me it’s healed, I’ll start doing rehab and being aggressive with it.”
Among the activities Hamilton can resume: running lifting, and swinging one-handed off a tee. Hamilton claimed to feel more like his old, successful self prior to the injury. The Angels will hope that this time away (6-8 weeks) will not derail those good feelings as they try to contend in a tough American League West.