Josh Hamilton gets two more cortisone shots in shoulder, out for sixth consecutive game

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged to reporters on Tuesday evening that there is growing concern about the status of Josh Hamilton’s injured right shoulder, noting that the recovery process “doesn’t look like it’s going in the right direction.”

The hope is that another round of cortisone injections will help the cause. Hamilton is out of the Angels’ lineup for a sixth straight game on Wednesday night against the Rangers and has been given two more cortisone shots in his shoulder, according to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Hamilton also got a cortisone injection last week, but it didn’t do much good.

The Angels are eight games up on the A’s in the American League West standings, so they can practice patience. But the lack of improvement is obviously concerning with the postseason approaching.

Collin Cowgill is in left field again on Wednesday. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday’s 9-3 win.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.