Angels' Hamilton takes batting practice, thinks he can return as soon as Wednesday

7:21 PM

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss his 11th consecutive game Monday night, when his team hosts the Seattle Mariners, due to a nagging right shoulder injury.

But Hamilton, who received two cortisone shots in the shoulder last week, was on the field taking swings before the game, the first time he's taken batting practice since being sidelined back on Sept. 4.  

Afterwards, he felt optimistic about his chances of returning to the Angels lineup – if only on the offensive side of the field – before the end of the week. 

A myriad of injuries have limited Hamilton to 88 games this season, during which he's hit .263/.331/.415 with 10 home runs and 21 doubles. 

The Angels have gone 9-1 in the last 10 games without him. 

Feature photo courtesy of Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Sept 11, 6:51 PM

Angels' Hamilton won't play this weekend; team confident he'll return before playoffs

Sept 11, 6:51 PM

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton's injured shoulder is progressing, but not to the point where he'll feature into manager Mike Scioscia's lineup card anytime soon. 

Hamilton, who received two cortisone shots in his ailing right shoulder on Tuesday, hasn't played since Sept. 4 and has been limited to 88 games this season due to other non-shoulder related injuries. 

With a commanding 9.5-game lead in the American League West division, the Angels have almost all but booked their ticket to the postseason. While they expect to have Hamilton back in left field for October, they're remaining cautiously optimistic. 

Despite Hamilton's absence, the Angels have rattled off six-straight wins, while the offense has scored 58 runs. 

Sept 10, 6:32 PM

Angels' Hamilton received 2 more cortisone shots in shoulder; out until at least the weekend

Sept 10, 6:32 PM

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton told reporters he received two cortisone shots in his injured right shoulder Tuesday and expects to be out of the lineup until at least the weekend.

It's the third cortisone shot in less than a week for the Angels' slugger, who remains sidelined for a sixth straight game Wednesday with a sore shoulder and trapezius muscle.

"It's frustrating because I've taken some swings," Hamilton said prior to Wednesday's game against Texas, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna. "It feels good, then it flares up again."

The division-leading Angels haven't missed a beat in his absence, scoring 50 runs over their last five games en route to a six-game winning streak. 

Sept 9, 6:36 PM

Angels manager on Hamilton's shoulder, trap injuries: 'Naturally, we're concerned'

Sept 9, 6:36 PM

Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton remains out of the lineup Tuesday for a fifth straight game as he attempts to recover from an ailing trap muscle on his right side.

The injury, which began as a shoulder issue, is beginning to cause concern inside the Angels clubhouse.

Manager Mike Scioscia said that Hamilton's progress would be monitored during the team's three-game set in Texas beginning Tuesday. Despite receiving trigger-point injections to his trapezius muscle Sunday, Hamilton's condition does not appear to be improving.

Hamilton is on pace for his lowest home run total since 2009 and has appeared in just 88 games this season.

Sept 8, 11:39 AM

Angels' Josh Hamilton to miss fourth straight game Monday

Sept 8, 11:39 AM

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was a late scratch from Sunday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins, will miss a fourth consecutive game Monday when his team takes on the Cleveland Indians.

Hamilton hasn't played since Thursday due to discomfort in his shoulder and neck, and though he seemed poised to return to the lineup Sunday after receiving a cortisone injection, manager Mike Scioscia is not yet comfortable penciling him into the lineup.

Sept 7, 1:35 PM

Angels scratch Josh Hamilton from Sunday's lineup vs. Twins

Sept 7, 1:35 PM

Josh Hamilton's return will have to wait, as the Los Angeles Angels slugger has been scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Minnesota Twins, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Hamilton was in the lineup, ready to return after missing the last two games following a cortisone injection for his right shoulder, but has since been scratched from the clean-up position.

Hamilton is hitting .263/.331/.415 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in just 88 games this season.