Hamilton meets teammates, ‘wants to play baseball’ …

Josh Hamilton isn’t with the Angels at Minute Maid Park, but he isn’t forgotten.

Several Angels players went to go see the 33-year-old outfielder prior to Friday’s series finale in Houston, where Hamilton has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery since early February. Manager Mike Scioscia and bench coach Dino Ebel had dinner with him on Wednesday night; C.J. Wilson met with Hamilton at Wilson’s friend’s house, where the Angels starter stays during trips to Houston; David Freese, Collin Cowgill and Kole Calhoun met him for lunch during the Thursday off day.

“It was good to see him,” Freese said. “I thought he was good in really good spirits. The fact is he wants to play some baseball. And he’s ready to roll.”

Freese, Calhoun and Cowgill came away shocked at how good Hamilton looked — 250 pounds, chiseled, in good spirits and ready to play baseball. That last part, of course, is complicated, with Angels owner Arte Moreno all but saying he doesn’t want the embattled slugger around.

Wilson, Hamilton’s good friend dating back to their days with the Rangers, said he’s “100 percent” in a state of mind to play baseball.

Based on their conversation, Wilson believes Hamilton’s latest relapse — which occurred late in the offseason and reportedly involved cocaine — was a “tame scenario” compared to what he went through as a Minor League player in the Rays organization. He said Hamilton is “100 percent functional,” “in the right place” and “ready to go.”

“It’s my 100-percent opinion that Josh is not a risk to himself or anybody else,” Wilson added. “That’s what I feel having known him for 8 years. That’s the closest thing I can get to a factual opinion.”

Scioscia didn’t want to elaborate on his conversation with Hamilton.

“He’s on his way with his physical recovery,” Scioscia said. “He’s getting into more baseball activities and we’ll just see when he’s ready to get out and really get after it and play. We’re not sure yet.”

The situation has put Angels players in an awkward spot, because they want to express support for Hamilton but don’t want to appear critical of upper management. For the most part, the players — and, to some extent, the coaching staff — don’t really know what’s going on.

Seeing Hamilton, at least, provided a little clarity.

“We still don’t really know what’s going on,” Freese said. “All I know is what I saw, a guy that’s smiling a lot. We enjoyed a nice lunch. He’s got a routine going on right now, and he really just wants to play some baseball.

“The lack of knowledge that’s going on can be frustrating, because this is a guy we care about. This is our team. Sooner or later, things will come out and we’ll all know what’s going on and whether he’s coming back with the Angels or he’s not.”

Alden

9 Comments

Good for you, though I doubt anybody has ever heard of it.

Get him back in uniform and support him first as a person and then as a player

Good call. I agree.

I think the whole situation Is very disheartening. This is a man who made a few mistakes. This is also an individual who fessed up to his mistake and let the league know. He didn’t hide it, he came out directly and let the MLB know knowing he would get in trouble. I think josh Hamilton is better off playing for someone else. The lack of empathy for him from upper management, GM and owner shows the true spirit of the angels organization. They are concerned about the money not the person. That’s just the way this organization is. Thanks for the update Alden. Josh Hamilton will get through this and ibhioe it’s not with the angels I hope it’s with another team so he can smear it in their faces. And hats off to CJ, Kole, Collin, David Freese, Mike Dcioscia and Dino Ebel for sticking by your guy..

Yeah, I see that too.

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