Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) is hoping to resume his rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

He'll do so assuming he gets through batting practice Thursday with no issues. Hamilton was pulled off his rehab assignment due to a bone bruise in his left thumb, but he's about back to normal now. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is hoping to get the outfielder back before the end of the team's road trip, which concludes on June 5.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) took around 100 swings in the batting cage on Wednesday.

Hamilton said the session went well, and he'll take batting practice on the field on Thursday. He was nearing a return to the Angels before a bone bruise delayed that return, so assuming things continue to progress he should be back in Anaheim sooner than later. When that will be is still up in the air.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left thumb.

He'll take one more day of rest Tuesday before trying to take batting practice Wednesday. There was some initial worry about Hamilton after he injured his surgically-repaired thumb, but the bone bruise diagnosis confirms the Angels' inkling that it wasn't a major setback. Still, it obviously makes it unlikely that Hamilton will return later this week as originally hoped.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) joined the Angels in Seattle Monday to have his left thumb re-evaluated.

Hamilton has missed the last three games during his rehab assignment due to soreness in his surgically-repaired thumb. The Angels don't think it's a major setback, but they want to have the outfielder looked at just to be safe. "Hopefully we'll know more by the end of the day," manager Mike Scioscia said. "In the conversations that our medical department has had with him, he's feeling better. He just wasn't quite comfortable to get out there and play in a game."

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) is not in the starting lineup at Triple-A Salt Lake for the third consecutive game on Sunday.

Initially it was believed that the injury sustained when jammed by a pitch during Thursday's game was a minor concern, but now there is fear that it could be a sizable setback in his recovery. At this point, it's unlikely that he returns to the Angels this week as previously planned.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton was scratched from his minor league rehab game at High-A Salt Lake on Friday.

Hamilton was jammed by a pitch during Thursday's game and his thumb was sore during batting practice, so they gave him the night off to be safe. He's still on track to return to the Angels on Monday.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on May 26.

Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake Friday and expects to play three games there before being activated next Monday. The outfielder has been on the shelf since early April with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He batted .444/.545/.741 with a pair of homers in his first eight games before the injury.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) took batting practice on Thursday.

Everything went well, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton could begin a rehab assignment in about a week. "He's kept himself as close as he can to staying in baseball shape with some of the drills he's done," Scioscia said. It sounds like Hamilton should be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 2 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) is expected to begin taking batting practice this weekend.

Hamilton said last week that he's aiming to return to the Angels' active roster around May 23-25. That may be slightly optimistic, but only slightly. He has been on the shelf since April 9 with a left thumb injury.

Josh Hamilton LF/RF.. LAA 3 Months

Josh Hamilton (thumb) will hit off a tee with both hands and play catch Friday in Arizona.

Hamilton was seen hitting soft-toss balls with one hand before Wednesday's game. When the Angels return home from a six-game road trip on May 15, Hamilton hopes to have progressed to being ready for live batting practice. Hamilton said he's eyeing a return to the lineup during the Angels' series at home against the Royals on May 23-25.