Hamilton day to day with ankle stiffness

Hamilton day to day with ankle stiffness

Hamilton day to day with ankle stiffness

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton rolled out of bed on Monday morning and felt stiffness in his right ankle, eventually keeping him out of the lineup later that afternoon.

"I have no idea why," Hamilton said after the Angels' 4-3 loss to the Twins. "It's frustrating."

Hamilton was on the initial lineup sheet, but that was only because the coaches were huddled in a closed-door meeting, and the Angels' right fielder hadn't talked to manager Mike Scioscia. Soon after, they found out that he had been in the trainer's room getting treatment and wrote a new lineup card without him.

Hamilton, who was not available at all during Monday's game, said he has "no clue" if he'll return on Tuesday.

"I have to wake up in the morning, see what happens, see how it feels and see what they tell me," said Hamilton, who entered the week batting .223 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs. He's started 87 of the Angels' 97 games, missing time due to injuries in his right wrist and lower back, plus a bout with sinus congestion.

"Hopefully, it'll be day to day," Scioscia said pregame. "Right now, he's just not able to go tonight."

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.