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Hamilton returns to Halos' lineup after back scare

Hamilton returns to Halos' lineup after back scare

ANAHEIM -- It turns out Josh Hamilton's back spasms, which forced him to be scratched from Tuesday's game, were only a minor scare. Hamilton was back in the Angels' starting lineup on Wednesday, batting fifth and playing right field, one day after his back tightened up on the very last swing of batting practice at Dodger Stadium.

"God, I felt good in BP yesterday, too," said Hamilton, who spent the rest of that night in the trainer's room. "I made a swing and just felt it grab me. I've had it happen before. Same spot. When it happened, I knew exactly what it was and knew that in a few hours it would subside. I'm sore today, feel it a little bit, but it's nothing that's going to keep me out."

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Hamilton took some muscle relaxers Tuesday night, then saw a chiropractor on Wednesday morning after he woke up a little tight. Hamilton, with a .222/.283/.399 slash line through his first 51 games, wasn't concerned the back issue would keep him out for a prolonged period of time.

"I figured it'd be a few hours and ease up," he said, "and it's eased up for the most part."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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