Josh Hamilton RUMORS & NEWS

  • Josh Hamilton helps Los Angeles Angels beat Chicago White Sox

    L.A. Daily News "Josh Hamilton’s virtual disappearing act was among the great mysteries of 2013, prompting many to wonder when he would be “back.” He never definitively returned. His .250 batting average last season was easily the lowest of his career. Hamilton was batting .444 on April 8 when he tore a..." June 09

  • Josh Hamilton day to day with bone bruise in thumb

    MLB.com "Josh Hamilton is currently nursing a bone bruise in his left thumb, Angels doctors confirmed when they re-evaluated the slugger in Seattle on Monday. The good news is that it isn't expected to be a major setback, and it's deemed unrelated to the surgical procedure that forced him to miss about..." May 27

  • Josh Hamilton getting closer to return?

    Los Angeles Times "Hamilton took batting practice for the first time since he injured his left thumb and went on the disabled list April 9. "He's kept himself as close as he can to staying in baseball shape with some of the drills he's done," Scioscia said, adding that it's hoped Hamilton can start playing..." May 16

  • Josh Hamilton aims to return around May 23-25

    Hardball Talk "Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton took one-handed swings Wednesday in Anaheim for the first time since undergoing surgery April 11 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Hamilton will move his rehab to the Angels’..." May 08

  • Josh Hamilton needs thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Hardball Talk "Some brutal injury news here for the Angels … As first reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, outfielder Josh Hamilton has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb along with a torn capsule. He needs surgery and will be out for 6-8..." April 10

  • Josh Hamilton leaves game with left thumb injury

    CBSSports.com "Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton was forced to exit Tuesday night's loss in Seattle due to a left thumb injury, per the club's broadcast. Not much more is known just yet, but the issue was enough that Hamilton was removed in favor of pinch-hitter Ian Stewart with the tying run on first base in..." April 09

  • Angels' Josh Hamilton on crutches after straining calf

    Los Angeles Times "So much for Josh Hamilton papering over the memory of a disappointing season with a monster spring training. The Angels open Cactus League play Friday, but it could be weeks before their left fielder joins the lineup. On Tuesday, he strained his left calf muscle during a baserunning drill and..." February 26

  • Josh Hamilton won't see game action for at least two weeks

    Orange County Register "Mike Scioscia is not expecting to see Josh Hamilton in a game for at least two weeks, although he remains hopeful that the slugger will be ready for opening day. Hamilton suffered a strained left calf during baserunning drills on Tuesday, but Scioscia said he’s optimistic that even if Hamilton..." February 26

  • Hamilton, Pujols share a road to redemption

    MLB.com "Josh Hamilton shut it down for a month, and Albert Pujols swung a bat earlier than ever. Hamilton added 28 pounds to provide more power, and Pujols shed seven and expects to be quicker. Hamilton takes solace in talking about his current challenge, and Pujols scoffs at the notion there even is..." February 21

  • Hamilton bulks up thanks to offseason program

    MLB.com "Josh Hamilton made an in-studio appearance on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show on Tuesday, joining hosts Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds and, as the Angels outfielder planned, sporting some new bulk. Hamilton entered Spring Training last year at about 225 pounds, roughly 20 pounds lighter..." January 22

  • Josh Hamilton gained 20 pounds this winter

    Orange County Register "At least one of Josh Hamilton's numbers with the Angels in 2014 will resemble his prime with the Texas Rangers: his weight. Hamilton has gained about 20 pounds this winter, up to 230 pounds at the last report to general manager Jerry Dipoto. "I do believe it's a positive," Dipoto said via..." January 14

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    #Angels Josh Hamilton says he is out with a sinus infection. He said his shoulder is good now.

  • Josh Hamilton blasts Angels to 6-5 win over Houston

    Los Angeles Times "Josh Hamilton's home run in the 10th inning gave the Angels a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Hamilton's blast off Astros reliever Josh Fields was his seventh career walk-off hit and his second this season. He also hit a walk-off homer July 6 at Angel Stadium..." August 18

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    William Boor @wboor

    Scioscia said Hamilton should be able to play tomorrow

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    Josh Hamilton still out of the #Angels lineup today. Right ankle.

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    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    #Angels awaiting results of X-ray and MRI exam on Josh Hamilton's right ankle. He won't play tonight, Scioscia said.

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    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    Josh Hamilton said X-ray negative on right ankle; MRI showed inflammation. Could get shot tonight and miss couple days. #Angels

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    Pedro Moura @PedroMoura

    Josh Hamilton is day-to-day with a “locked-up” right ankle, per Scioscia. Aggravated after last night’s game.

  • Angels' Josh Hamilton appears to be chewing tobacco again

    Los Angeles Times "Josh Hamilton finished a workout with the team's strength and conditioning coach Tuesday afternoon, went into the Angels' dugout for some water, took a small wad of chewing tobacco out of his mouth and flung it to the floor. Asked if he had resumed chewing tobacco after quitting last July — a..." July 03

  • Josh Hamilton gets cortisone shot, sits with wrist injury

    Hardball Talk "As if things weren’t going bad enough for Josh Hamilton now the Angels outfielder is out until at least Tuesday with a wrist injury. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com his right wrist “flared up during an intense pregame hitting drill about 10 days ago” and after initially playing through..." June 22

  • Patient Halos hope Hamilton can turn season around

    Fox Sports West "Day after day, it’s the same thing. Josh Hamilton comes to the ballpark, takes his swings in the batting cage and then hopes something good will finally happen. Maybe this is the game where he finds the source of his struggles. Maybe this at-bat will turn around his season. Maybe he won’t..." June 21

  • Josh Hamilton dropped to No. 7 spot

    L.A. Daily News "One day after going 0 for 5 with three double-play groundouts and two strikeouts, Josh Hamilton was penciled into the seventh slot of the batting order for the first time since 2009. Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Hamilton will stay there for as long as the slump..." June 20

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    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    Josh Hamilton scratched from #Angels lineup because of back spasms for second time in three days.

  • Angels' Josh Hamilton says his equilibrium is off

    Los Angeles Times "When Josh Hamilton left after six innings of the Angels' 11-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday, it was not because of the lopsided score. Instead, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said, Hamilton was "a little lightheaded." Said Hamilton: "I was not lightheaded. I was just sick." Hamilton..." May 14

  • Josh Hamilton just doesn't care

    Fox Sports Southwest "Josh Hamilton doesn't care what the fans have to say about him, or even whether his team wins or loses, according to a recent column by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times. "You cannot push my buttons," Hamilton repeatedly said, according to Simers. Texas Rangers fans may finally have some..." May 11

  • Hamilton gets breather Saturday to 'clear cobwebs'

    MLB.com "The Angels have now tried almost everything to get Josh Hamilton going at the plate. They've batted him fifth against a left-hander, batted him fifth altogether, and on Saturday, after an 0-for-4, three-strikeout night, manager Mike Scioscia gave him his first day off in hopes that it would "clear..." May 04

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Angels’ Hamilton told me that he feels great at the plate - that even when striking out, he’s extending at-bats. Nine-pitch walk there.

  • Josh Hamilton's wife called security due to fan abuse

    USA Today "Katie Hamilton, the wife of Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton, was forced to call stadium security because of the fan abuse Friday during the Texas Rangers' home opener. Katie Hamilton and the kids remained in their seats the entire game, Josh Hamilton said, with a security guard..." April 06

  • Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers Ballpark, likely will be greeted by boos

    Sporting News "Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton will be in familiar territory this weekend, but he probably won’t feel at home. The longtime Texas Rangers center fielder will return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this afternoon for the first time since signing a five-year, $125 million..." April 05

  • Josh Hamilton is curious about return to Cincinnati

    Los Angeles Times "The headline attraction on the first week of the Angels' season is Josh Hamilton's return to Texas, but Hamilton says he is more curious about his return to Cincinnati. The Angels open the season there Monday, followed by a weekend series in Texas. Hamilton played his rookie season for the..." March 30

  • Why Derek Holland may miss Josh Hamilton more than any other Texas Ranger

    Dallas Morning News "No one with the Texas Rangers will miss OF Josh Hamilton more than LHP Derek Holland. With Hamilton in the middle of the lineup, the Rangers were the second-highest-scoring team in the majors over the last two seasons with 5.13 runs per game. The New York Yankees led with 5.17 runs per..." March 26

  • Hamilton-Pujols are a "God thing" for Halos

    Orange County Register "The Pujols-Hamilton combination is a most interesting, uncanny one, a powerful convergence of supremely gifted sluggers, Jesus-loving men and free-agent millions that former Angels slugger Tim Salmon could explain in no other way than it being "a God thing." Salmon invited the likely heart of the..." March 04

  • Preaching patience, Hamilton makes Angels spring debut

    Orange County Register "When Josh Hamilton stepped to the plate Tuesday for his second plate appearance with the Angels, he took the first pitch, then flashed a look in the direction of Jim Eppard. One of baseball's most aggressive first-pitch swingers, Hamilton said he and his new hitting coach have been trying to dial..." February 27

  • Angels' Josh Hamilton takes shot at Rangers fans

    Los Angeles Times "New Angels slugger Josh Hamilton ruffled feathers in Texas when he told a television reporter that Dallas-Fort Worth isn't "a true baseball town," a statement that is sure to earn him boos when the Angels play the Rangers in Texas on April 5. "Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a..." February 19

  • Angels' stars Pujols, Hamilton connect again as teammates

    L.A. Daily News "It doesn't really matter what paths Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols took to get here, sharing a stage for the first time as Angels on Thursday. What matters, as Pujols was quick to point out, is what happens from now on. Pujols also pointed out that Thursday was not the first time that he's..." February 15

  • For Josh Hamilton and the new-look Angels, it's full speed ahead

    Yahoo! Sports "There's this thing about spring training where, unless you've been anesthetized by Dr. Andrews in the past six months or struck out looking at a fastball to end the previous October, the past is generally ignored. The past has its place, of course. It sends you to work in a 7-series BMW instead..." February 14

  • Angels itching to let Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout loose

    National Post "Jered Weaver has no idea how he would pitch to the Los Angeles Angels’ loaded lineup featuring Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. Not his problem. For that, he is thankful. Weaver will get to watch the Angels’ big boppers do their thing each day. And..." February 14

  • Katie Hamilton always keeps the faith

    Orange County Register "Mrs. Josh Hamilton gently brushed her blond bangs from just above her eyes, leaned forward and locked in. "I just prayed to God," said Katie Hamilton, a woman much stronger and feistier than her delicate, demure looks and petite frame might indicate. "We've lived in so many places and gotten..." January 02

  • Hamilton's bat proved too big for Angels to pass up

    Orange County Register "Jerry Dipoto liked the Angels lineup last week, which is why he insisted all winter that there was no pressing need to tweak it with new faces. Of course, Josh Hamilton is more than a tweak. As the Angels general manager saw it, Hamilton provided such a difference-making bat that he was worth..." December 17

  • Angels hire Josh Hamilton's accountability partner

    Hardball Talk "Angels owner Arte Moreno told reporters soon after Josh Hamilton's introductory press conference on Saturday at Downtown Disney that there was "no special language" in the outfielder's five-year, $125 million contract laying out consequences for a potential drug or alcohol relapse. But that..." December 16

  • Hamilton: Rangers missed chance to seal a deal

    MLB.com "Josh Hamilton said he wanted to stay in Texas. The Rangers were operating under the assumption they would get the last chance to at least talk to him. But on Saturday, Hamilton and his wife, Katie, expressed disappointment that the Rangers did not chase after him harder as a free agent. "I..." December 16

  • Josh Hamilton leaves Texas without giving Rangers chance to match Angels' offer

    Hardball Talk "Josh Hamilton is leaving the Rangers to sign a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels and it's interesting to hear how Texas got the news. First of all, Hamilton's agent called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels during this afternoon's media luncheon to tell him the former MVP was going..." December 13

  • Josh Hamilton to Angels

    ESPN.com "Free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN.com. Hamilton's former team, the Texas Rangers, had been in negotiations to retain the 2010 MVP. Hamilton's camp had also reportedly met with the Mariners at the..." December 13

  • Josh Hamilton free agency 2013: Rangers, Mariners, Phillies in the mix

    Sporting News "Free-agent center fielder Josh Hamilton remains on the market, and his future seems as uncertain as it did in the early days of the offseason. However, FoxSports.com speculates that the slugger ultimately will re-sign with the Texas Rangers. Earlier this week, there was a report that the..." December 13

  • Rangers frozen out on Upton; Hamilton looming larger

    Dallas Morning News "A rough stretch for the Texas Rangers continued on Tuesday night when they were excluded from a three-way, nine-player deal in which Arizona obtained a needed shortstop. At the winter meetings, the Rangers led the attempt to put together a four-team deal in which they would have picked up..." December 13

  • Lebreton: We Didn't Blame Young, Scapegoated Josh

    Lone Star Ball "Gil Lebreton has a column on the departure of Michael Young, that I think offers a little more hard-eyed take on the relationship between Young and the club, and his departure, than most of the other folks in the local media have offered. Its worth a read, as Lebreton talks about Ron..." December 12

  • Phillies: Time To Go Get Josh Hamilton

    The Good Phight "Even though the 2012 season humbled the Phillies a good bit, they're still one of baseball's biggest spending franchises, and it's extremely unlikely to change anytime soon. They simply have too much invested in this current core of players. The Phillies two biggest moves of the offseason --..." December 10

  • New rumblings that Yankees are checking out Josh Hamilton

    Seattle Times "One of the story lines during the just-completed winter meetings was the shocking silence of the New York Yankees. In the days of The Boss, George Steinbrenner, they would automatically be considered a major player for each and every "name" on the free-agent market, and they would wind up landing..." December 07

  • Mariners said to still be very much in the running for Josh Hamilton

    Seattle Times "It once seemed like Josh Hamilton had become a forgotten man for the Mariners here this week as they pursued a host of other offensive options. But I'm now told the talks between the two sides have been a lot more serious than anyone has let on and that they are actually "very close" to getting a..." December 06

  • Can Hamilton come home after last season?

    Fox Sports Southwest "Can Josh Hamilton go home again? Hamilton ended the season under a dark cloud. He was booed in his final, futile at-bats as the Rangers lost control of the AL West and then the Wild Card game. The enduring image is of Hamilton nonchalantly dropping a routine fly ball in Game 162 – the one..." December 06