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Angels’ Hamilton out

(TSX) — Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is likely to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a thumb injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Hamilton’s left thumb was injured during a headfirst slide into first base during the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

An MRI confirmed a torn ulnar collateral ligament and capsule. The Angels initially announced that Hamilton would undergo surgery but then said it was uncertain whether Hamilton will undergo surgery. He will be examined by Dr. Steven Shin on Friday in Los Angeles.

The Angels placed Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list. To replace Hamilton on the roster, the Angels recalled outfielder J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Salt Lake for Wednesday night’s game.

Shuck and Collin Cowgill are expected to share Hamilton’s spot in left field while he is out.

Hamilton, 32, was batting .444 with two homers and six RBIs in eight games.

The 32-year-old Hamilton, who is in the second year of a five-year, $133 million contract, played in 151 games last year and batted .250 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs.