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Josh Hamilton will miss at least two weeks because of strained left calf

David Brown
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Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) hits in the cage during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) hits in the cage during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The news for the Los Angeles Angels on left-hander C.J. Wilson was good Wednesday. He's feeling fine, experiencing no concussion symptoms, after getting hit in the head with a line drive the day before. 

Slugger Josh Hamilton, on the other hand, will miss at least two weeks after straining his left calf during a running drill. From the Orange County Register, Angels manager Mike Scioscia tried to put a positive spin on Hamilton being shut down:

Scioscia said he’s optimistic that even if Hamilton misses a couple weeks of spring training games he can be ready for the season.

“He’ll pick it right up,” Scioscia said this morning. “He got a lot of the fundamental work out of the way. His arm is in good shape. He got enough work on the offensive end to build up some of the things he needs to build up.”

So far, Scioscia isn’t ready to discuss the alternatives if Hamilton’s injury drags into the season. The simplest alternative would be to have J.B. Shuck play left field.

“We have depth to absorb some things, but we aren’t presented with that yet,” Scioscia said. “We can’t answer that till we get further along in the spring and see where we are.”

It doesn't sound like a serious injury, but it does seem like something that could linger if the Angels aren't careful, or if Hamilton rushes back, or if they happen to be unlucky. Hamilton came into camp bulked up so he'd be able to keep generating power longer into the season. He couldn't keep weight on during '13, when his home-run production basically dropped in half. That is not what the Angels are paying $135 million for.

At least Albert Pujols is feeling good so far, knock on wood.

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