Josh Hamilton rejoined the Angels’ lineup Tuesday after sitting out 10 games with a right shoulder injury, but he missed last night’s game and is out of the lineup again tonight with more shoulder problems.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hamilton’s current soreness is in a “different spot” than his initial soreness, and “flared up” before Wednesday’s game.
It’s possible that Hamilton wouldn’t have played tonight anyway because the Angels basically benched all of their regulars–and scratched Jered Weaver from his scheduled start–after clinching the division title last night.
UPDATE: Hamilton told DiGiovanna that he had “sharp stabbing pains” in his chest and had “trouble taking deep breaths” last night. Suddenly his status for the playoffs could be in question.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.