2014 Fantasy Baseball: Josh Hamilton Sidelined With Thumb Injury

By Adam McGill
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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After a miserable 2013 fantasy baseball season, many pegged OF Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels to have a bounce back season in 2014.

Hamilton posted pathetic numbers across the board last year. He finished with a miserable .250 batting average and his .307 OBP was the lowest mark of his career. He also hit just 21 home runs, which was also the lowest number from 2009.

As expected, Hamilton started the 2014 season on fire and quickly put his lackluster 2013 campaign behind him. He has a .444 (12-27) batting average and an incredible .545 On Base Percentage. The veteran has also put up better power numbers. He has already blasted four extra base hits (2 doubles/ 2 HRs) and drove in six runs.

Unfortunately, Hamilton exited Tuesday’s game after injuring his left thumb. He hurt the appendage sliding into first base in the seventh inning and the five-time All-Star immediately left the game.

It came out on Wednesday that Hamilton tore a ligament in his thumb and will be forced to miss the next 6-8 weeks. It was originally reported that he would need surgery to repair the thumb, but apparently the outfielder is getting a second opinion. Either way, the news is particularly devastating for Hamilton owners, because the veteran was truly have a bounce back season.

Hamilton will be worth holding onto in all formats and will be a great OF2 upon his return. Fantasy fans will simply have to remain patient with Hambone and start hitting the waiver wire hard to find a temporary outfielder.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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