Josh Hamilton will be back with the Los Angeles Angels at the beginning of next week. Working his way back from a thumb injury, Hamilton will join a team that is finally starting to live up to the hype that it has carried for the last couple seasons.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports the plan for Hamilton:
#Angels LF Josh Hamilton will begin 3-game rehab stint with triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. Should rejoin Halos Monday in Seattle.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 20, 2014
The Angels have put together a quality season thus far, with much of that work done in the time since Hamilton went on the shelf. As for Hamilton, he was off to a torrid start before he hurt his thumb, batting .444 with a couple home runs in just eight games played.
Hamilton will return for the start of a key road trip for the Angels in which they face division opponents in the Mariners and the first place Oakland Athletics. With third baseman David Freese also returning from injury this week, the Angels will try to make an early statement about their intentions to be in the playoff race in the AL West.