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Josh Hamilton Out For 6-8 Weeks With Injured Thumb

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Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prepares to bat against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2013, in Anaheim, California. (credit: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prepares to bat against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 16, 2013, in Anaheim, California. (credit: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

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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