Struggling Josh Hamilton placed at seventh in batting order

The Los Angeles Angels’ $125 million man Josh Hamilton was dropped from the second spot in the Angels batting order to the seventh spot for Wednesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners.

Hamilton was the biggest prize on the free-agent market this off-season, and to say he hasn’t met expectations would be an understatement. The five-time All-Star and former Texas Ranger has managed to hit just .213 with 10 home runs, 24 RBIs, and 73 strikeouts.

The outfielder has been struggling all season and Angels manager Mike Scioscia tried moving Hamilton from the fifth spot to the second spot earlier in June says the LA Times. He hoped hitting in between second-year phenom Mike Trout and Albert Pujols would spark Hamilton, but it did not.

Hamilton’s demotion in the batting order likely came due to his accounting for eight outs on three double-play grounders and two strikeouts in the Angels’ 3-2 loss Tuesday night.

“It’s been tough,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think anyone feels this more than Josh, and I don’t think there’s anyone more confident in his ability than Josh. He’s been working very hard in drills, hopefully taking strides and getting there. He takes his lack of production very hard, very seriously.”

The Angels, who are 10.5 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics in the AL West, better hope that the 32-year old outfielder can turn it around soon, or else they may have a lot of decisions to make this off-season.

The Angels won Wednesday night, 1-0.

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