Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 10 Hrs

Hamilton (ribs) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

This was to be expected, because while an MRI on Hamilton's abdominal area revealed just rib cage inflammation, he's experienced pain just breathing in recent days. The Angels can afford to take it slow with Hamilton with the AL West already wrapped up, making a return to the lineup Sunday seem like a bit of a long shot.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 14 Hrs

Hamilton has been diagnosed with rib cage inflammation, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

With Hamilton reporting trouble breathing in recent days, the Angels decided to send him for a CT scan on his abdominal area. Fortunately, only inflammation was found, but it's uncertain when Hamilton may be cleared to return to action. Shawn O'Malley has started the last two games in left field for the Angels.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 1 Day

Hamilton (chest/rib) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

Just when it seemed like Hamilton was close to turning the page on his shoulder injury, he's now come down with a chest/rib cage issue, which will keep out Friday for a third straight day. It reportedly hurts him just to breathe, and while the team hasn't suggested as much, it seems like something that could endanger his availability for the rest of the regular season.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 2 Days

Updating a previous report, Hamilton is dealing with discomfort in his chest/rib cage area, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

It was initially thought that Hamilton had aggravated the shoulder injury that had limited him for most of September, but this now looks like to be an entirely different ailment. He underwent an MRI on Thursday that came back clean, but at this point, it's unclear when he'll be able to resume swinging a bat. As of Wednesday, it hurt him just to breathe, so it appears unlikely he'll be able to help fantasy owners much for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Hamilton's postseason status is also up in the air at this point.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 2 Days

Hamilton is now experiencing soreness in a different part of his shoulder, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Hamilton has already missed the better part of September due to shoulder soreness, but it looks as if a different part of the same shoulder has flared up. After serving as the designated hitter Tuesday, Hamilton will have now once again missed back-to-back games, and could be in danger of missing additional time moving forward. The Halos' main goal is to get him ready for the postseason, but he may not be ready to play every day by that time. Hamilton will continue to undergo various treatment, but he doesn't appear to be a high-percentage fantasy option for the remainder of the regular season.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 2 Days

Hamilton is out of the Angels' lineup again Thursday.

Unlike the rest of the Angels' starters, Hamilton's absence may not be strictly for rest purposes, as he also sat Wednesday for maintenance on his ailing shoulder. However, it seems likely Hamilton will play as much as he can over the final week, as he looks to regain his timing before the postseason gets underway.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 3 Days

Hamilton is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Since Hamilton just returned Tuesday from a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, it appears manager Mike Scioscia just didn't want to use him back-to-back days right away. Collin Cowgill will cover left field for him Wednesday.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 4 Days

Hamilton (shoulder) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners.

Manager Mike Scioscia had previously indicated that Wednesday was the earliest possible for Hamilton's return, but the 33-year-old will step back in at DH Tuesday to face Mariners lefty Roenis Elias after being treated with a pair of cortisone shots last week. Hamilton will return to the No. 6 spot in the order, with Scioscia likely to continue riding with Howie Kendrick in the cleanup spot for the foreseeable future.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 5 Days

Hamilton (shoulder) could return as the designated hitter as early as Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton, who will miss his 11th straight game Monday night, was very encouraged by a recent workout and believes he may be ready to return Wednesday. "Hopefully this is a breakthrough day for him as far as his health," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "His workout was incredible. He was running well and swinging the bat great. There's no doubt he's close to being able to DH." Scioscia indicated that Hamilton will still be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Even if Hamilton does return Wednesday, it would likely be at least another week before he's able to play the field, as he's yet to resume throwing. "There's no pain � it's just a little sore and tight � but it's all good," Hamilton said. "It's definitely moving in the right direction. If I do tomorrow what I did today and it feels good the next day, I wouldn't see a problem playing Wednesday night, at least as a DH."

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 5 Days

Hamilton (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Mariners, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Hamilton will miss his 11th straight game while battling a shoulder issue. The team did not provide an update on his status, specifically, and it remains unknown when he'll return to the lineup. Collin Cowgill had been getting most of the starts in left field in Hamilton's place, but Efren Navarro gets the nod Monday against Seattle starter Hishahi Iwakuma.