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Hamilton returns to lineup as designated hitter

Hamilton returns to lineup as designated hitter

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Hamilton returns to lineup as designated hitter

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton is still not ready to play the outfield, but he returned to the Angels' lineup as the designated hitter on Monday night against the Rays.

Shoulder pain caused Hamilton to DH during a three-game series against Tampa Bay last week and sit out the club's three games in Milwaukee over the weekend -- although he did pinch-hit on Saturday and Sunday.

Hamilton also experienced "a tremendous migraine" on Friday that caused him to leave Miller Park and return to the team hotel for the remainder of the game.

The right fielder felt ready to play Sunday, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia opted to give him a little extra rest.

Hamilton threw on the field prior to Monday's game and Scioscia expects him back in the outfield in the near future.

"He's getting there," Scioscia said. "He'll throw today and he's probably making enough strides where we can project putting him out in the outfield at some point."

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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