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Touch 'Em All: Hamilton out 6-to-8 weeks with thumb injury

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton got off to a torrid start this season, hitting .444 with two homers and six RBIs in 27 at-bats and earning co-player of the week honors in the American League.

Now, the 2010 AL MVP will be sidelined six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Hamilton was injured in Tuesday's game in Seattle, when he slid headfirst into first base. He remained in the game but struggled with throwing balls and gripping his bat. Ian Stewart pinch-hit for Hamilton in the ninth and struck out with the potential tying run on base in a 5-3 loss.

"The news sucks. Anytime you play and you're playing hard and having fun, the last thing you want to do is do something that is going to cause you to miss time and maybe hurt your team in the long run," Hamilton said Wednesday.

An MRI revealed a complete tear of the thumb's ulnar collateral ligament. The Angels said Hamilton would be examined Friday to determine whether surgery is needed.

Cleaning up new rule

Major League Baseball intends to clarify its rule on blocking the plate, and how such calls are challenged and reviewed, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said.

"My understanding is there will be a memo coming out that will bring some more clarity to it," Porter said after talking to Tony La Russa, a special assistant to baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

But MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said he was not aware of any plans for such a memo.

Porter called La Russa after Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was called out at the plate in Tuesday's 5-2 loss.

On Saturday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke to Joe Torre, an MLB executive vice president, after Francisco Cervelli was called out trying to score against Toronto, even though Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole was straddling the plate before receiving the ball.

Ray of hope

The Tampa Bays Rays were still unsure whether Matt Moore will need surgery on his left elbow after he was examined Wednesday by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Manager Joe Maddon said the team was awaiting results from tests. Moore was getting a second opinion from the acclaimed specialist after an MRI in Kansas City proved inconclusive.

Maddon said it appears the ligaments in Moore's elbow are not fully torn. Moore was placed on the disabled list Tuesday.

Stick to pitching

Florida Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list after hurting himself swinging during batting practice Wednesday. Turner strained his pitching shoulder before his scheduled start and was scratched. Brad Hand replaced Turner, and the Marlins lost to Washington, 5-0.

Brave move

Atlanta optioned right-hander Pedro Beato to triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for righthander Ervin Santana. Santana, who agreed to a $14.1 million, one-year contract with the Braves on March 12, got the start Wednesday against the New York Mets.

Beato gave up one hit in 12/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Mets on Tuesday. He was acquired off waivers from the Reds.

Schilling update

Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling, who announced in February that he had cancer, said in a tweet Tuesday that he is done with chemotherapy and has five radiation treatments remaining. The ESPN analyst has not disclosed what type of cancer he is battling.

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