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Josh Hamilton could make Cactus League debut on Sunday

Mar 15, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could make his Cactus League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners. Hamilton has been dealing with a strained calf suffered at the end of February. If he avoids any further setbacks, he should still be able to join the team when they open up the regular season at the end of the month.

Hamilton, 32, was a shadow of his former self last season, declining across the board but particularly in the power department. Despite taking equally as many plate appearances in 2012 and ’13, Hamilton hit half as many home runs (43 to 21) and his slugging percentage dropped from .577 to .432. The Angels still owe him $15 million for the 2014 season and an additional $30 million in each of 2016 and ’17.

  1. schke - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    The contract that keeps giving……..

  2. doctornature - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Jon Daniels looks smarter every day. But really, looking at the last three months of 2012, you could see this coming if you watched Hamilton play every day. It was painful to watch, especially after his first 2 months that year. It looked like his PED stash was depleted, and his source dried up.

  3. zdravit - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Wouldn’t bet on it. He has no desire to play baseball.

    • zdravit - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Nailed it.

  4. andreweac - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    His contract is still far, far more desirable than the Albertross’.

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