MLB notebook: Thumb injury sidelines Angels' Hamilton for 6-to-8 weeks
• Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. The 2010 AL MVP was injured during Tuesday night's game against Seattle during a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. Los Angeles said an MRI revealed a complete tear of the thumb's ulnar collateral ligament. After initially saying hand and wrist specialist Dr. Steven Shin would operate at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles, the Angels said Hamilton will be examined by Shin on Friday to determine whether surgery is needed.
• The Rays still were unsure whether left-hander Matt Moore will need surgery on his ailing left elbow after he was examined by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team still was awaiting results from another series of tests.
• MLB's new rule on home plate collisions is causing confusion. Astros manager Bo Porter had a telephone conversation with Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, a special assistant to commissioner Bud Selig. Porter called La Russa after Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes was called out at the plate in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-2 loss.
• Major League Baseball said it created a “Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award” and a “Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award.” Rivera retired after last season with a record 652 saves. Hoffman retired after the 2010 season and is second with 601 saves. The new honors replace MLB's “Delivery Man of the Year Award,” which was given to one winner annually from 2005-13.
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