Shoemaker, Hamilton progressing

Shoemaker, Hamilton progressing

ANAHEIM -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton (right chest/rib cage) and right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker (left oblique) continued to progress during optional workouts at Angel Stadium on Monday, according to the club's public-relations department.

Hamilton, who took soft-toss swings in the batting cage after four days off from hitting on Sunday, hit on the field, threw long toss and ran the bases.

"Everything went well," vice president of communications Tim Mead relayed, adding that Hamilton will repeat the program on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shoemaker, who threw between 30 and 40 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, played light catch, as expected. If he feels good on Tuesday, the 28-year-old rookie will throw off the mound once again.

Shoemaker said Sunday that he's "very" confident he can start for the Angels in the American League Division Series, which begins Thursday at Angel Stadium against the winner of the AL Wild Card Game between the A's and Royals on Tuesday. Hamilton, however, has to see some velocity and swing without pain before being deemed ready.

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