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Report: Angels' Hamilton won't receive a ruling on Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Major League Baseball will not announce a possible suspension for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton on Thursday, according to FoxSports.com.

Hamilton met with the league for a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton relapsed a few months ago, and told MLB about his relapse. It's not clear how Hamilton will be treated given his history with drugs and alcohol. Hamilton is technically a first-time offender since his past suspensions happened when he was a minor-leaguer, but it appears it will be up to commissioner Rob Manfred will make the decision about a possible Hamilton suspension.

The 33-year-old Hamilton was already sidelined after having offseason surgery. He hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year.  

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Angels' Garrett Richards mixes offspeed pitches in latest 'pen session
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards took a big step forward in his recovery from August knee surgery during his fourth bullpen session on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

"Looked good, man," pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "Real good. Stable, repeated well."

Richards, who logged 50 pitches in his latest session, mixed in offspeed pitches from the stretch and windup. He is scheduled to throw again on Sunday.

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Hamilton's mentor, friend: 'His baseball career should be over'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Roy Silver, a friend and mentor responsible for helping Josh Hamilton get his career back on track after the embattled Angels outfielder missed the 2002-2006 seasons while recovering from drug addiction, suggested that Hamilton should call it a career to focus on getting his life in order.

"His life isn't over, but his baseball career should be," Silver said in a phone interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Hamilton met with MLB officials on Wednesday and confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. At this point, it's uncertain if Hamilton has failed a drug test.

"I'm not shocked or surprised,'' Silver said. "People don't understand that this hasn't been easy for him. I knew something was not right for the last couple of months. The fact that he's turning himself in is a sign that he got tired of the same old spin cycle. He's trying to get well.

"He needs to get down and dirty with himself.''

Although his previous issues occurred in the minors, it's unlikely that Hamilton will be treated strictly as a first-time offender for his relapse. First-time offenders in the MLB are put into a program and subject to increase testing. Hamilton, however, is already tested three times per week.

At this point, the Angels are unsure what to expect from Hamilton, who is due $25.4 million this season, and $32.4 million in 2016 and 2017.

"We're going to take one step at a time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There is no sense in getting too far out in front because information is still evolving."

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Report: Josh Hamilton meeting with MLB over 'disciplinary issue'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to meet MLB officials on Wednesday to discuss a "disciplinary issue," and the club is fearing a possible punishment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed that Hamilton is in New York, but wouldn't reveal if he was involved in a disciplinary issue or when they expect him back. Outside of his disciplinary issues, Hamilton underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February which will keep him sidelined until May. He has been rehabbing in Houston and does not have a locker room in the club's spring training clubhouse in Arizona.

"I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," Dipoto told the paper. "At this point I have no other information to offer."

When FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal asked an unnamed baseball executive if Hamilton's disciplinary issue was for performance-enhancing drugs, his response was "worse." The executive declined to elaborate on the extent of Hamilton's issues.

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AL MVP Mike Trout wants to steal more bases, cut down on strikeouts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Angels outfielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout arrived for spring training Wednesday with two goals on tap for 2015 -- cut down his strikeouts and increase his stolen-base total.

While Trout won the AL MVP in 2014, batting .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBI and 115 runs, he led the league in strikeouts with 184 and had just 16 stolen bases.

“Plain and simple, I was chasing the high pitch, everybody knows that,” Trout said, per the Los Angeles Times. “There are things you can work on. The majority of time, they’re balls, and I was chasing them.

“I don’t like over-analyzing my swing. I do stuff in the cage and in batting practice that will help me in the game, but I’ll keep my same routine. It’s been working for me. I don’t want to switch anything up. I want to put the ball in play, let my legs get a few more hits and try to get on base more.”

Trout added he plans to talk with manager Mike Scioscia this spring about being more aggressive on the base paths.

“I definitely want to steal more bases,” Trout said. “Want to get to second base as much as I can. I have to take more chances. They were doing a pretty good job of holding me on. The pitchers were really quick to the plate. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’ll do my best.”

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGHowie Kendrick , 2B.293
HRMike Trout , CF36
RBIMike Trout , CF111
OBPMike Trout , CF.377
SLGMike Trout , CF.561
RMike Trout , CF115
SBErick Aybar , SS16
WJered Weaver , SP18
ERAGarrett Richards , SP2.61
WHIPGarrett Richards , SP1.04
KJered Weaver , SP169
SVHuston Street , RP41
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