Josh Hamilton won’t return this week …

Josh HamiltonJosh Hamilton was hopeful of possibly playing in his first Spring Training game on Thursday, though he was cautious about putting a definitive timeline on his return from a strained left calf.

On Tuesday morning, Angels manager Mike Sciosica indicated that it would take a little longer.

“I don’t know what the time frame’s going to be, but I don’t think we’re going to be seeing him play this week,” Scioscia said. “By the weekend, we’ll probably have a little better idea.”

Hamilton is exactly two weeks removed from suffering the injury, the minimum amount of time he was expected to be out. He’s progressed to doing all baseball activities, but he still isn’t running at 100 percent because the Angels want to control his intensity.

“His BP has been great,” Scioscia said. “He feels good. He’s still progressing as far as running. It’s tough to project exactly what day he’s going to play, but we’ll get a better idea here by the weekend of exactly where he is.”

  • Kole Calhoun was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday with some discomfort in his hips, but should be fine for tomorrow.
  • Dane De La Rosa (right forearm strain) is hopeful of picking up a baseball at some point in the next couple days. It’s still uncertain whether he’ll be ready by Opening Day, but Scioscia is confident the Angels dodged a serious injury, saying: “As far as this being something serious that this guy’s going to miss a season or something, that’s not the case at all. This is something that seems very manageable.”
  • The Angels granted Mark Mulder his release, a transactional formality since he’s out for the year with a ruptured Achilles.  Jett Bandy, Kaleb Cowart, Eric Stamets and Alex Yarbrough were reassigned to Minor League camp.



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