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Josh Hamilton to miss 6-8 weeks with shoulder surgery

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The Angels have announced that Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery on his right shoulder, and will miss 6-8 weeks

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Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels outfielder, will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and be out 6-8 weeks, the team announced today.  The surgery is to repair the A/C joint, and while the shoulder was bothering him in September, the symptoms just returned recently, per reports on Twitter.

Hamilton signed a 5 year, $125 million deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season, but his first two years in L.A. have been marred by injuries and disappointing performance.  Hamilton will be paid $23 million this season by the Angels, and then is owed $30 million per year in both 2016 and 2017.

Hamilton was a huge part of the Rangers' 2010 and 2011 teams that made it to the World Series, but after a late fade in 2012 that resulted in Hamilton being booed by the home fans, the Rangers opted to let him test the free agent market, and the Angels made him the lucrative contract offer that ended up landing him in Anaheim.

Hamilton's history of injury issues were one of the reasons the Rangers were leery of making that sort of commitment to him, and those concerns appear to have had merit, based on Hamilton's physical issues so far.