To say Josh Hamilton’s failing to live up to the hype in Los Angeles would be an understatement.
Now, the embattled five-time all-star is dealing with a wrist injury that will keep him out of the Halos’ lineup until at least Tuesday, according to MLB.com
Hamilton’s wrist injury flared up so much during an intense hitting drill 10 days ago that the 32-year-old was given a cortisone shot, which usually requires multiple days off.
"We want to give that some time to heal," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. "It’s just something that we want to get a handle on."
Since agreeing to a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels in December, Hamilton is batting .207 with 76 strikeouts and an on-base percentage of .262 in 71 games.
HARPER NEEDS TIME
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper says he needs more time before embarking on a rehab assignment with the club’s single-A affiliate.
Although Nats manager Davey Johnson said Friday he expected Harper to begin rehabbing a lingering knee injury early next week, Harper thinks it could be longer.
"It just depends how I feel today and tomorrow," Harper told reporters Saturday. "Monday is an off day, which is good. Tuesday, that's kind of early. I'm thinking Wednesday or Thursday, maybe."
Harper, 20, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month with knee bursitis, was batting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs before his injury.
JETER WITH YANKS
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took batting practice with the team prior to Saturday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
The 13-time all-star was medically cleared to resume baseball activities last week after missing close to eight months with a broken left ankle.
"I feel good," Jeter told reporters. "Everything's moving in the right direction."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said he expects both Jeter and Alex Rodriguez to return to the Yankees lineup following next month’s all-star break.
"It's a lot better than we were when you look back two weeks ago, four weeks ago," Girardi said of Jeter. "It's nice that we get an opportunity to see him, and he's anxious to be back, so this is good."
Rodriguez faced live pitching Saturday as he looks to recover from off-season hip surgery.
BUCHOLZ SCRATCHED – AGAIN
Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz felt discomfort in a bullpen session Saturday afternoon and has been scratched from his Tuesday start against the Colorado Rockies.
According to CSN New England, the 28-year-old will now need a rehab stint due to lingering neck discomfort. He hasn’t played in two weeks.
Through 12 starts this season, Buchholz is a perfect 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is weighing surgery after an MRI revealed the 31-year-old has a small tear in his hamstring tendon. According to CSNBayArea.com, Pagan will go for a second opinion this week before deciding if he’s ready to miss up to six weeks for recovery.