LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Angels slugger Josh Hamilton will need surgery on his injured thumb that will require him to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Hamilton left Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Mariners in the ninth inning after injuring his left thumb. The slugger was hurt two innings earlier when he slid headfirst into first base trying to beat out a grounder.

Scioscia didn’t seem to have a problem with Hamilton sliding headfirst.

“It’s part of his instinct to get to a base,” the manager said. “Sometimes you just react to a situation. It’s just competitive nature and Josh plays hard.”

Hamilton has two homeruns, five runs batted in and averaging a high of .444.

The Angels will recall outfielder J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Salt Lake.


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