Should Josh Hamilton Make the Playoff Roster?
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With the postseason less than two weeks away, it’s decision time for Angels’ skipper Mike Scioscia. His biggest question mark among position players is what to do with injured left fielder Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton has only played in one game since Sept. 4 with a left shoulder injury. Given his multiple injuries and lack of consistency at the plate, should Hamilton be apart of the postseason roster?
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There is a case for yes, and a case for no. The Angels roster is filled with a few veterans and quite a few young players. Then again, they have not been to the playoffs since 2009 and only have ten players with postseason experience, including Hamilton.
The former Texas Ranger played in the 2010 and 2011 World Series against St. Louis; both resulting in losses though. Still, no matter where he is in the lineup he is a legitimate power threat.
The biggest unknown from Hamilton lately has been when he will be healthy and ready to play again. He’s received seven cortisone shots over the last week, so it appears he isn’t close to coming back. Hopefully he can get a few at-bats here in the last week of the regular season.
Howie Kendrick has filled exceptionally well in the fourth spot behind Trout and Pujols, and the offense as a whole has exploded for multiple large innings. Last week Los Angeles had a stretch of about seven games in which they scored at least seven runs and they had the long ten game winning streak as well.
If Hamilton doesn’t even know when is returning, or how he will even return there is no point in having on the roster. They are in a much better position to give the spot to a guy like Collin Cowgill or Efren Navarro. It will be a week full of tough decisions for Scioscia but he can trusted to have the Angels as ready as possible for postseason baseball.