Apr 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) high-fives second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Angels’ Josh Hamilton was scratched from rehab game

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have suffered a couple key injuries during the early part of the 2014 regular season.

Guys like Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, Ian Stewart, David Freese and several other players have been or are currently on the 15-day/60-day disabled list. There’s been a lot of activity with their Triple-A Minor League affiliate, Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Outfield slugger Josh Hamilton underwent left thumb surgery earlier in the year and was expected to be out anytime between six-eight weeks.

Now according to Alden Gonzalez on Twitter, Hamilton was scratched from his Minor League rehab assignment with the Salt Lake Bees after experiencing a little bit of soreness in his thumb after taking batting practice. He’s still set to return to the big league club on Memorial Day as they take on Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels are running a little thin with outfield help after optioning Efren Navarro back to Triple-A Salt Lake. The move was made to clear some room for left-hander Sean Burnett – who was activated from the disabled list earlier today.

So far this season Hamilton has launched two home runs while recording six RBIs with a batting line of .444/.545/.741 in 27 at-bats.

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