The Los Angeles Angels have avoided the disastrous start that has plagued them in previous seasons so far in 2014. With the emergence of Albert Pujols offensively, they are surely hoping that Josh Hamilton can similarly get things back on track when he returns from a thumb injury.
As for a return date from that injury, Hamilton has the end of May pegged as the goal for getting back in the lineup. Per Pedro Maura of the Orange County Register:
Josh Hamilton took one-handed swings on the field today. He said he expects to be back in the majors the weekend of May 23-25
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 7, 2014
Hamilton, who was the first of two big-name outfielders to go down with a thumb ligament injury (Bryce Harper being the other), has been out since the beginning of April with the injury. There were signs of hope in the very early going with Hamilton, as he was batting a robust .444 through eight games with a couple home runs.
If Hamilton is healthy and starts thumping in the middle of the lineup at the end of this month, perhaps 2014 will become the season that we see the Angels approach their lofty potential with Pujols, Hamilton, and Mike Trout leading the way.