Josh Hamilton still ‘off upstairs’ …

Josh HamiltonThe best way Josh Hamilton can describe whatever it is he’s going through right now is to simply say he’s  “off upstairs.”

On Monday night, the Angels’ high-priced right fielder was pulled after six innings because of what manager Mike Scioscia originally deemed light-headedness. In a sense, that’s true. But Hamilton will simply tell you that he’s sick; dealing with some sort of congestion that makes him prone to dizziness and sensitive to the bright lights of a Major League stadium.

“I’m just off,” he said. “However you want to write it, however you want to describe it – I’m just off.”

Hamilton has been dealing with this issue throughout his career, and his most recent bout began on May 5, a couple days before the Angels left on their six-game road trip through Houston and Chicago. His body continues to “feel great,” but the condition remains.

Hamilton was nonetheless in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Royals, batting fifth but confined to designated hitter because the illness is manageable in the batter’s box; not so much when constantly running around the outfield.

He’s vehement in saying this won’t keep him out of the lineup, and he’s quick to dismiss it as an excuse for his struggles.

“I’ve felt bad plenty of times and played and done well,” said Hamilton, who has a .212/.261/.344 slash line despite getting two hits in Monday’s loss. “This has nothing to do with that. It’s more of, I’d say probably being out on the field type of thing – run the bases, then go out on the field, combined with lights and all that stuff. It’s not the best thing at this moment.”

Hamilton received a shot before leaving to Houston and felt better. But the cold of Chicago made it worse and, most frightening of all, the issue appears to be sensitive to Southern California’s climate. While with the Rangers last September, Hamilton missed the last two games of a three-game series against the Angels, then another three because of a vision condition called “ocular keratitis,” which impacts the cornea.

But the 31-year-old said that was directly linked to consuming too much caffeine. This, he added, “is an actual sickness.”

Now that Hamilton will be in Southern California long-term, via the five-year, $125 million contract he signed in December, he’ll seek a permanent solution by seeing an allergist soon. For now, he’s between antibiotics, trying to figure out something that will at least temporarily get rid of the problem – or, as he describes it, “put a Band-Aid on it.”

Asked if getting rid of the problem entirely would force him to go on the disabled list, Hamilton said: “No, absolutely not. Because if that’s the case, we’ll just put Band-Aids on it until the offseason comes.”

Here are today’s lineups …

Royals (19-16)

Lorenzo Cain, CF
Alcides Escobar, SS
Alex Gordon, LF
Billy Butler, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Salvador Perez, C
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Miguel Tejada, 2B

SP: RH Jeremy Guthrie (5-0, 2.28 ERA)

Angels (14-24)

Erick Aybar, SS
Mike Trout, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Mark Trumbo, RF
Hamilton, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris iannetta, C
J.B. Shuck, LF

SP: LH Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.26 ERA)

Alden

4 Comments

In other news, it’s Tuesday. Enjoy this for the next five years Angel fans

I like Josh, and wish him well.

I’m watching tonight’s Angels v KC game on MLB, tuned into the channel with the KC broadcasters – i.e. Rex Huddler. Rojas is typical of the cronies Moreno has brought in who have made the Angels different from the team I’ve supported enthusiastically for years. Now, I’d rather listen to the opponent’s broadcasters and most are far superior … Boston’s Remy and Orsillo, Vin Scully, Hud and Phys, etc.

No doubt there’s a bit of sour grapes to it but, last night, I heard Hud make comments that make sense of the Angels’ current status more so than any other explanation I’ve heard of or thought of. He says it’s the result of non-baseball people making the team’s baseball decisions. Rather than Moreno using his money to support the baseball savvy of Sciosciaa and Stoneman, he and his cronies have used his money to bring in names meant to gain a bigger SoCal market share than the Dodgers. He, also, said the current team is not a Sciosciaa-style team. That will probably mean that Moreno will bring in someone else to manage. I would prefer seeing Moreno wake up and start restoring the Angels I’ve loved.

Yes that’s right Josh, let the excuse making begin. I placed my own personal Over / under. on when Josh would start making excuses for not wanting to compete with his new teamates at 81 games. Primarily because I felt that he would be motivated to stay in the lineup in order to try and justify the big contract, but it looks like he will be taking the under on this one. No matter how they try, ( leapards cannot change their spots, it was just a matter of time before he would start comming up with crazy reasons he can’t play today, What condition are you talking about Josh, that is made worse by a southern california climate ?
Are You Kidding me ?
That’s Right Josh, you’ve been a good boy long enough. Bad Josh can come out now.
I have said this before and I will say it again, Josh Hamilton is a Cancer, and he WILL destroy your team. Moral first, then eveything else will follow.

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