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Angels’ Josh Hamilton says his equilibrium is off

Angels' Josh Hamilton says he's been battling an illness for 10 days to two weeks.
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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.”

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Hamilton said he has tried to play through an illness for 10 days to two weeks. He said he started taking antibiotics Saturday for what he suspects is a respiratory infection.

“The equilibrium wasn’t quite where it needed to be,” he said.

Hamilton said he believes his condition might have worsened with the climate change from Sunday’s game in Chicago, where the temperature at game time was 52 degrees, to Monday’s game in Anaheim, where the temperature was 86.

He said he had not considered asking for a day off.

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“You don’t really get a sick day unless you’ve got a 103- or 104[-degree fever],” he said.

Hamilton had two hits on Monday, one an infield single and the other an opposite-field single through an infield playing him to pull. He also misplayed two balls off the right-field wall.

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Hamilton is batting .212, with an on-base percentage of .261 and a slugging percentage of .344.

On the same date last year, Hamilton was batting .402, with an OBP of .455 and a slugging percentage of .866.

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