So Cowgill knows what he will do in the outfield if Hamilton steps into the batter's box again for the Rangers against the Angels.
“I'll be on my toes,” Cowgill, laughing, said before Saturday night's game against the Rangers at
The Angels used a three-run sixth inning to rally past the Rangers for a 4-1 victory.
But Hamilton's situation, like the gray clouds that passed above the stadium for much of the game, continues to hover over the Angels.
The Angels and Rangers have yet to make official the trade that would send Hamilton back to the team for which he enjoyed his greatest success.
Team officials declined to comment. Manager
"I think we've talked to exhaustion about where it is," Scioscia said, "and it's going to run its own course and we'll just see where it ends up."
A person familiar with trade but not authorized to speak publicly about it said the Angels and Rangers have agreed to all terms, and the deal was being reviewed by the players' union Saturday. If the union signs off on the trade, it would then go to the commissioner's office for approval.
No other players are expected to be part of the deal for Hamilton, who is coming off shoulder surgery and has not played this season after reporting a relapse of substance abuse to
The Rangers will pay less than $7 million of the remaining $83 million left on Hamilton's contract, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Hamilton will return to the team for which he starred before signing a five-year, $125-million free-agent deal with the Angels after the 2012 season.
He was the
His time with the Angels was mostly marked by struggles, but now he could be in a position to once again hurt them.
Hamilton batted .303 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 74 games against the Angels. But players said they would be happy to see Hamilton playing again.
"Just seeing him back on the baseball field will be well worth it," infielder Grant Green said.
"Hopefully, he'll get back over there and have a great career the rest of his career," Santiago said, adding with a chuckle, "Just not against us. As long as it's not against us, or against me."
Cowgill, outfielder Kole Calhoun and third baseman
Cowgill said he did not expect Hamilton to try to prove anything against his former Angels teammates or the organization.
"He's a professional," Cowgill said, "and he will handle it professionally."