Josh Hamilton will finally rejoin the Angels organization when he reports to the team’s spring training facility in Arizona sometime this week, according to manager Mike Scioscia.
The embattled slugger has been rehabilitating his shoulder in Houston since undergoing surgery in February. He is going through a divorce on the heels of a self-reported drug and alcohol relapse that went unpunished by Major League Baseball, drawing ire from the Angels owner and front office.
Though Hamilton will resume baseball activities under the organization’s umbrella, it remains unclear if or when he will rejoin the parent club. Owner Arte Moreno wouldn’t guarantee Hamilton would be granted that opportunity, stating April 10 that there was language in his contract that a substance-abuse relapse could compromise the remaining three years and $83 million owed to Hamilton. Scioscia said the Angels will provide support in Arizona for Hamilton’s off-field problems, something the Angels weren’t sure was put in place by Major League Baseball or the players union.
“There’s a lot of evaluating that needs to be taking place, both on and off the field with Josh,” Scioscia said. “I know that he’s itching to get going and this is an important step, but you need to address some issues before he’s out there playing in a major league game and I think that’s why the help and support is being provided to him by our organization.”
Right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City to add depth to a taxed Angels bullpen. Infielder Efren Navarro was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
Bedrosian made 17 appearances for the Angels last year, posting a 6.52 ERA in 19 innings, but the club’s 2010 first-round draft pick hasn’t allowed a run or a walk this season. In eight innings for Salt Lake City the 23-year-old has allowed six hits and struck out 13.
“Some of the guys in our pen are throwing very well, but they’re throwing a lot of innings,” Scioscia said. “So we need to get a little more depth.”
Garrett Richards’ surgically repaired patella tendon responded well after the right-hander’s first start of the season, a 4-3 loss to the Astros on Sunday.
Richards gave up four runs — three earned — in 5 1/3 innings, threw 100 pitches and his velocity reached the mid-90s. Most importantly, he reported no soreness on Monday.
“We’re relieved that there’s nothing there,” Scioscia said. “Sometimes there’s a little more adrenaline when you’re pitching a major league game and maybe you’re throwing a tick harder, which he was yesterday, than in his rehab starts. And that’s a good thing, but you just want to make sure you can have it OK, and he was fine.”
Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, according to court documents filed in Tarrant County, Texas.
The Angels slugger filed for divorce in February, according to the Dallas Morning News, around the time news of his self-reported relapse with alcohol and drugs earlier this year began to surface.
Katie Hamilton, who has been married to her husband since 2004 despite his continued struggles with addiction, told TMZ Sports she was “blindsided” by his decision to file for divorce.
“It came out of nowhere,” Katie Hamilton told TMZ Sports. ”There was no big fight or blow up. Nothing sparked it.”