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.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.