Josh Hamilton to undergo right shoulder surgery

Baseball Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo right shoulder surgery, which makes him doubtful for the start of the regular season. The team announced Hamilton will have the procedure Wednesday to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. Hamilton missed 11 games with a shoulder problem in September, but symptoms resurfaced during workouts last week.  MORE: Worst free-agent deals for every team | Hamilton's wife to appear on 'Real Housewives of Orange County'After receiving five cortisone injections in his shoulder to ease the pain in September, Hamilton returned to the Angels' roster for the playoffs, in which he finished hitless in 13 at-bats with a pair of strikeouts.  Hamilton hit just .263/.331/.414 last season with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs while being limited to 89 games due to injury. In addition to the shoulder problem, he missed 49 games in April and May after tearing a ligament in his thumb.The 33 year-old still has three years and $89 million remaining on his five-year, $125 million contract.Recently acquired Matt Joyce, like Hamilton a left-handed hitter, could fill in as part of a left-field platoon with Collin Cowgill. Joyce was expected to be the Angels' regular designated hitter when he was acquired from the Rays last Decemb

er. If Joyce receives regular outfield at-bats early in the season, then the DH at-bats could go to C.J. Cron, who hit 11 home runs in 253 plate appearances as a rookie last season.Contributing: Tom Gatto

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