Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 Months

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/DH LAA 3 Months

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, MLB.com'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/DH LAA 3 Months

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.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 Months

Hamilton (ribs) hit off a tee Monday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Hamilton appears to be making progress, but it's unlikely he plays in the current series against the Athletics. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange Country Register, the slugger could be available to play in the team's final regular season series against the Mariners, at the earliest. Hamilton will likely see a few at-bats there, which will help manager Mike Scioscia decide how best to use the outfielder in the postseason.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 Months

Hamilton is not in Sunday's lineup against the Rangers, Eric Kay of the Angels reports.

Hamilton's rib inflammation remains problematic and painful, forcing him to receive seven pain-killing injections in his back and chest. Hamilton could return later in the week, but his pain could further hurt his play and the Angels are comfortably in the lead for home-field advantage. For now, priming Hamilton for the postseason will be goal number one for the team.

Josh Hamilton LF/DH LAA 3 Months

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/DH LAA 3 Months

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/DH LAA 3 Months

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/DH LAA 3 Months

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/DH LAA 3 Months

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.