Bill Hall was in street clothes a little after 9:30 a.m. today, while the rest of his Angels teammates were getting ready for pregame drills.
Hall was off to get an MRI on his left calf, which tightened up on him during infield drills on Wednesday. Hall believes he may have been overcompensating for a previous injury to his right quadriceps when he hurt his calf. Angels manager Mike Scioscia noted that Hall injured his left calf last year.
“It’s real frustrating,” Hall said. “I was playing well. I did a lot of work this off-season to try and prevent things like that.”
Both Hall and Scioscia said it’s too early to project an exact timetable for Hall, but the MRI will go a long way toward determining when he can return. Regardless, he’s running out of time. The annual preseason Angels-Dodgers “Freeway Series” begins two weeks from today.
There is a single opening on the Angels’ 40-man roster, and the need for a versatile infielder like Hall to replace Maicer Izturis as a multi-position backup. Infielders Luis Jimenez and Luis Rodriguez are getting looks at multiple positions and hitting well, too, which doesn’t help an injured Hall. How long can he wait?
“There’s always a realistic time when you need to get out there to play,” Scioscia said. “Let’s let the doctors evaluate where Bill is and we’ll take it one step at a time. It’s unfortunate, really, for him to go down at this time. The first course of action is for him to get healthy.”
The 33-year-old has three hits, all doubles, in nine spring at-bats, but he hasn’t played since Feb. 27 because of the quadriceps injury. Hall said he’s “pretty much over the quad.”
Yesterday Hall posted a prayer request to his Twitter account, but made it clear Thursday that his calf injury isn’t a grave situation.
“Everybody needs prayer, right?” Hall said.