ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton will miss the weekend series against the Pirates because of a right wrist injury that flared up during an intense pregame hitting drill about 10 days ago.
Hamilton took a cortisone shot prior to Friday night's 5-2 Angels loss and expects to return for Tuesday's series opener in Detroit, which comes after a scheduled off-day. The right wrist was already a little sensitive due to a sprain he suffered in 2007, which forced him to miss a little over a month.
Hamilton is batting .171 in June and has a .207/.262/.378 slash line for the season. He stayed away from pregame activity on Friday and will do the same Saturday and Sunday.
Asked how much the wrist issue might have affected his hitting, Hamilton said: "Not as much initially getting to hit, as far as the hitting part. It's the deceleration or swing and miss. Yeah, I wish I could blame it on that."
Brad Hawpe started in Hamilton's place in right field on Friday, batting seventh.
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