Josh Hamilton at DH again …

Josh HamiltonJosh Hamilton started at designated hitter on Tuesday for the second straight day, and third of the last four, due to “a little tightness [in his legs] that we’re just trying to get over,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. The veteran outfielder feels good enough to play the field, but Albert Pujols hasn’t needed to DH of late and so Hamilton will take his starts there when it’s available.

“Why not?” Hamilton said. “Get it when you can.”

Hamilton, batting .297/.374/.441, has DH’d in seven of his 51 starts this season and sees his recent time there as a preventative measure that can ensure he stays fresh for the stretch run.

It’s something the 33-year-old has learned to embrace.

“I used to hate it because I didn’t know what to do to get ready or prepared [for at-bats], that sort of thing,” Hamilton said. “But as you start doing it a little more, you start to get it, figure out what you need to do. It’s all good.”

Some other notes from today …

  • Veteran corner infielder Ian Stewart cleared waivers and accepted an outright to Triple-A Salt Lake, thus keeping him in the organization.
  • The Angels still have an eight-man bullpen, and Scioscia expects it to stay that way at least leading up to Monday’s off day.
  • Mike Trout won the Heart & Hustle Award for the Angels. The award, the only one in the Majors voted on by former players, “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game,” according to the release.

Kole Calhoun, RF
Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Josh Hamilton, DH
Erick Aybar, SS
Howie Kendrick, 2B
David Freese, 3B
Efren Navarro, LF
Hank Conger, C

SP: LH Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.32 ERA)


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