Sunday September 7th, 2014

Anaheim Angels' outfielder Josh Hamilton, thought to be recovered from shoulder soreness, continues to battle the injury and is not playing Sunday.

The team scratched Hamilton just minutes before the team's game this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, according to the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher.

Hamilton, who had not played since Thursday with a hurt shoulder, was believed to be recovered and had been expected to return to the lineup Sunday.

With three weeks left in the MLB season the Angels have a major league-best 86-55 record, and sport a six game lead in the American League West Division.

While his team has soared to the top of the league, the 33-year-old Hamilton has struggled with injuries and mental fatigue this season. The 2012 runner up in home runs asked for time off last month and battled both kneeand finger contusion injuries. He has been limited to action in 88 games this season.

Hamilton is hitting .263 with ten home runs and 44 RBI.

- Will Green

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