Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 21 Days

Hamilton (ribs) will be the starter in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

A bout of rib cage inflammation cost Hamilton the final two weeks of the regular season, but he received the green light to start Game 1 after taking live batting practice off teammate Drew Rucinski on Tuesday. Hamilton is just 6-for-27 against lefty Jason Vargas, Thursday's starer for Kansas City, though three of those hits have left the park.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 22 Days

Hamilton (ribs) appears to be good to go for the ALDS, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton said "thumbs up" after going through a full on-field workout Tuesday, which included live hitting off teammate Drew Rucinski, reinforcing his comments from earlier in the day that he felt confident he would be fine for Game 1. Hitting coach Don Baylor has concurred, so look for Hamilton to man left field and bat either six or seventh in the order Thursday.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 22 Days

Hamilton (ribs) is confident he'll play in Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

Hamilton missed 22 of the team's final 23 games of the regular season due to shoulder and rib ailments, but he received a series of pain-killing injections last week and it seems the treatment is working. The five-time All-Star said he felt good during batting practice Monday and is now set to face live pitching Tuesday, as he looks to convince the coaching and training staffs that he is indeed good to go.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 23 Days

Hamilton (ribs) will be thrown batting practice over the next few days and the decision about whether or not to put him on the ALDS roster will hinge on how he looks, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Even if he were to make the postseason roster, there's a chance he wouldn't be used as an everyday player based on how much he has struggled. Collin Cowgill still figures to see a lot of the action in left field.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 24 Days

Hamilton (ribs) is expected to face live pitching on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

If everything goes according to plan, Hamilton will take batting practice on both Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of replicating live game action Wednesday. He'll need to get through that successfully if the Angels want to count on using him in the playoffs.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 25 Days

Hamilton (ribs) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, according to's Alden Gonzalea.

Hamilton was scheduled to take swings Saturday, but it appears he is still not ready to return to the lineup. He will have just once more chance to play before the regular season comes to a close.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 26 Days

Hamilton will resume swinging the bat Saturday and will reportedly need to face velocity if before the playoffs to determine whether or not he will be on the postseason roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton reportedly has no doubt that he will be ready for the playoffs, but his manager wants to see more from him before determining whether or not to place him on the roster. Swinging the bat is a step towards returning, but being able to swing against live pitching is a bigger test.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 27 Days

Hamilton (ribs) said he has "no doubt" that he will be ready to play in the postseason, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton said Wednesday that the pain in his ribs is gone, thanks to seven pain-killing injections to the region last weekend. While he's confident that he'll be fine when the ALDS commences next Thursday, Hamilton seems to have come to terms with not playing again during the regular season. "There's no sense in me coming back and having the issue," Hamilton said. He added that he figures to get into some sort of simulated game during the three days between the regular season and the playoffs.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 28 Days

Hamilton (ribs) got treatment Wednesday, but didn't take any swings and it's still not clear if he will be able to return Friday,'s Alden Gonzalez reports.

Hamilton's status for the rest of the regular season remains very murky, and given his lack of production when he's been on the field this season, he may not be worth holding onto in standard leagues at this point.

Josh Hamilton LF/CF.. LAA 29 Days

Hamilton (ribs) could return Friday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

An MRI on Hamilton's abdominal area last weekend revealed rib cage inflammation, resulting in a whopping seven pain-killing injections in his back and chest. Fortunately, the treatment seems to be doing the trick, as Hamilton was able to hit off a tee both Monday and Tuesday. While it's no lock he returns Friday, it does sound like Hamilton will be available in some capacity for the final series of the regular season.