Josh Hamilton hasn’t, and won’t, apologize to the Angels

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton/Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers,


There have been no shortage of people who believe Josh Hamilton should have taken more responsibility for the events this past off-season that resulted in him being traded back to the Texas Rangers, with the Angels taking on a large part of his large salary.

Surrounded by reporters Friday upon his return to Angel Stadium with the Texas Rangers, Hamilton explained his reasoning when asked if he followed Step No. 8 in the 12-step program that basically says one should make amends with all he or she hurt through addiction.

“You know, I did reach out a couple different times, right after the incident, right after the (shoulder) surgery and never got a response as far as from ownership.” said Hamilton, who in February ratted himself out, telling Major League Baseball officials he had relapsed on drugs and alcohol.

“So, you know, all you can do is try. I tried to do my part and, you know, even when I was here I tried to do my part, reaching out to (former general manager Jerry) Dipoto and (team president John) Carpino, let them know I’d love to talk to Arte (Moreno) and just sit down with him and let him know I wanted to be the player that he (was) paying for and putting the work and time in to be that guy.”

But, Hamilton reiterated, there was no reply.

“And whether it was relayed to ’em or not, once it gets out of my hands, it’s not my problem anymore,” Hamilton said. “But looking at it now, I hate the way things went down, I hate the way they happened. I owned my part, I don’t feel like I need to set an appointment up with Arte and go apologize to him for anything”

And what about his former Angels teammates?

“You know, the guys know where I’m at,” Hamilton said. “I’ve talked to many guys on that team and they tell me I don’t owe them anything. So leave the big guy out of it, you know, he can think what he wants to think. But as long as I’m OK with those guys, then I ain’t worried about anybody else.”

The Rangers took two out of three from the Angels over the weekend. Hamilton went 2-for-10 with a double and three runs scored in the series. He went 0-for-5 and was struck out three times in Sunday’s 13-7 Angels victory.

Hamilton, 34, is hitting .233 on the season with three home runs and eight RBIs in 86 at-bats.

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Josh Hamilton’s days with Angels could be numbered, according to report

Are the Angels trying to remove Josh Hamilton from the team? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Are the Angels trying to remove Josh Hamilton from the team? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Angels are not happy with Josh Hamilton. That much is clear. But would they go as far as buying out his contract– or trading him away?

According to Fox Sports’ MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, discussions have already taken place between team officials and Hamilton that are “aimed at resolving their dispute.” The Angels are said to considering many options, according to Rosenthal, including trading or releasing Hamilton. Rosenthal referenced the cases of Sidney Ponson and Denny Neagle as examples of how the Angels could buy out Hamilton from his contract, if they chose to go that route.

What to do you think? Should the Angels release or trade Hamilton, or should they try to work out things with the troubled outfielder?

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Albert Pujols won’t have plantar fascia surgery, hopes to return this season.

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols could miss the remainder of the 2013 season after suffering a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot Friday. (Associated Press)

Albert Pujols is counting on faith, his personal injury history, and a nearly pain-free left foot to carry his optimism for the next 6 to 8 weeks, or however long it takes to recover from a partially torn plantar fascia.

Pujols wouldn’t rule out returning to the Angels this season after being told by a team physician that the injury might need 6 to 8 weeks to heal. There are eight weeks and three days left in the regular season.

Pujols had been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season until he suffered the partial tear last Friday in Oakland.

“If it takes two months or three weeks or four weeks, great,” Pujols said. “I’m not going to try to rush anything.”
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Angels’ Josh Hamilton on ankle: ‘Should be good in a couple days.’

Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton will miss a second straight game due to inflammation in his right ankle tonight. An MRI performed on the ankle Tuesday revealed the inflammation, a diagnosis that Hamilton thinks will allow him to avoid the disabled list.

“None,” Hamilton said when asked if he had any concerns that the injury could linger long term. “Should be good in a couple days.”

Hamilton said he might get an injection tonight to calm the inflammation.

In Hamilton’s absence, Collin Cowgill is starting his second game in right field with the Angels, and second baseman Howie Kendrick is batting fourth again.

Hamilton said he still has no idea how he sustained the injury.

“I woke up,” he said.

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