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SEATTLE - Angels OF Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The 2010 AL MVP was injured Tuesday night on a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. He remained in the game but struggled with throwing balls and gripping his bat. Ian Stewart pinch-hit for Hamilton in the ninth.

"Anytime you play and you're playing hard and having fun, the last thing you want to do is do something that is going to cause you to miss time and maybe hurt your team in the long run," Hamilton said Wednesday. "If I could see the future, obviously, I wouldn't do it."

Los Angeles said an MRI exam Wednesday revealed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

Also, Angels LHP Sean Burnett had a throwing program shut down after he felt soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.

INFANTE OKAY: Royals manager Ned Yost is hopeful that 2B Omar Infante will return this weekend after he was hit by a Heath Bell pitch in the face Monday night against the Rays. Kansas City also activated RH reliever Louis Coleman off the disabled list, where he had been recovering from a bruised right middle finger.

RELIEVER AWARDS: Major League Baseball created a Mariano Rivera American League reliever of the year award and a Trevor Hoffman National League reliever of the year award.

BRAVES: RHP Pedro Beato, a St. Petersburg College product, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for RHP Ervin Santana.

MARINERS: LHP James Paxton went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the left side of his back.

MARLINS: RHP Jacob Turner went on the 15-day disabled list a day after straining his shoulder while taking batting practice.

TWINS: CF Oswaldo Arcia went on the 15-day disabled list with right wrist inflammation.