Hamilton told reporters that this isn't anything new, and it has actually been bothering him for the past few weeks. Swinging with it has made it worse, but he should still avoid the disabled list after getting a shot to alleviate the issue.
"They'd rather give me a couple days, two or three days on top of the off day," Hamilton said (OC Register). "Let the medicine get in and work so we can get after it again."
Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that, for the next three games, Hamilton is only available as a pinch runner, not to hit or play the field.
After signing a five-year, $133 million deal with the Angels this past offseason, Hamilton has been suffering through a nightmare on the field. Hamilton, 32, is hitting .207/.262/.378 with 10 homers, 25 RBI and 76 strikeouts against only 19 walks. He was dropped to seventh in the order on Thursday night. Also, he is coming off a week that saw him set dubious history Tuesday and be the only member of the starting lineup without a hit in a 10-9 win on Thursday.
Last season for the Rangers, Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 homers and 128 RBI.