Clock is ticking for Shoemaker, Hamilton

Clock is ticking for Shoemaker, Hamilton

OAKLAND -- Matt Shoemaker and Josh Hamilton continued to make progress on Tuesday, but their status for the American League Division Series didn't get any clearer.

Shoemaker, out since suffering a mild left oblique strain on Sept. 15, played light catch for the second straight day, "and again he's moving in the right direction," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, adding that Shoemaker is now "symptom-free." The 27-year-old rookie is already guaranteed to not pitch again in the regular season and will have to progress to long toss before he can pitch off a mound, perhaps during one of the workout days early next week.

"We're not going to have any indications until he gets out there, does full long toss and gets on the mound," Scioscia said. "That's the challenge right now, to see how that progresses. It's still going to take a little bit of time, but he's still making progress."

Hamilton -- limited to one game in the last 19 days because of pain in his right AC joint, shoulder, chest and rib cage -- took some swings for the second straight day and is still hopeful of returning to the lineup by Friday's series opener in Seattle. But the 33-year-old hasn't been able to throw yet, and may only be available to the Angels in the ALDS as a designated hitter, if at all.

"If he can just swing, so be it," Scioscia said. "Obviously we're better with him playing left field."

Below are some additional injury updates …

Jered Weaver: The Angels' ace stayed at the team hotel on Monday and left about three hours before game time on Tuesday, after playing catch, because he continued to feel under the weather. Weaver is slated to make his last regular-season start on Friday, but he can be pushed back to Saturday and still be in line to start Game 1 of the ALDS.

David Freese: The veteran third baseman was out of the starting lineup Tuesday because of "a little upper-back tightness," Scioscia said. Freese is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's series finale at Coliseum.

Howie Kendrick: Kendrick was held out of Monday's lineup for precautionary reasons, one day after exiting early with some soreness in his left hamstring, but the Angels' second baseman was back in on Tuesday.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for 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.