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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Postgame notes: A strange game caps a good series for the Angels.

The Angels’ 10-9 win over the Seattle Mariners was fun for a night. As I pointed out in my game story, they did something that no team had never done, beating Felix Hernandez after falling behind by seven runs.

Because it was such an anomaly it’s hard to extrapolate any long-term, big-picture ideas about what the win means for the Angels. Mike Scioscia tried.

“Hopefully it’ll inspire you the next time you’re down by two, three runs at any time in the game to just keep playing baseball. Hopefully that experience for some of the young guys out there — you just have to experience it, understand it.”
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