Scioscia Planning Visit With Hamilton

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The Los Angeles Angels are drawing criticism from people everywhere, including some of their own players like C.J. Wilson, for the way they've handled the Josh Hamilton situation.

Hamilton, if you'll remember, self-reported an alcohol and cocaine relapse while rehabbing his surgically repaired shoudler in Houston. He didn't have a locker in the Angels' spring training facility in Arizona, and during the Angels' opening series in Anaheim, Hamilton's locker was occuipied by someone else and all merchandise bearing his name was removed from the shelves at the pro shops in the stadium.

After the relapse was made public and MLB decided not to suspend him as part of the substance abuse policy, the Angels brass called the decision illogical and have gone on record saying the former Rangers slugger and AL MVP might be finished as an Angel.

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Now, with the Angels set to travel to Houston on Wednesday with an off-day Thursday, manager Mike Scioscia has said he plans to meet with Hamilton to see where they stand.

"It just seems like as you try to get more clarity, it seems like it's getting foggier and foggier," Scioscia told reporters. "So we'll see where this is and where this leads and just where Josh is. But first and foremost, we hope Josh is getting the help and support that he needs."

Scioscia wouldn't say if Hamilton would visit the Angels' clubhouse in Houston.

"Everybody has been in touch with him, but we want to connect with him," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, we'll get a chance to see him."

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