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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.