Josh Hamilton took batting practice yesterday and it went well. Now:
“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 rehabilitation games in a week or so.
Worth noting that the Angels are 22-18 and are only 2.5 back of the A’s, despite Oakland being one of the hotter teams in baseball. If Hamilton comes back hitting the way he was when he left, the Angels could make the AL West pretty darn interesting.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.