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Hall in limbo as Angels decide on his status

Hall in limbo as Angels decide on his status

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bill Hall hasn't appeared in a game in three weeks, is currently doing "zero" activity because of a left calf injury, is unsure when he can return to the field and has a contractual situation that basically forces the Angels to put him on the active roster or cut him by Tuesday.

As an XX(b) free agent, the Angels must pay Hall $100,000 to keep him in the organization but not on the 25-man roster five days prior to Opening Day. They won't do that, but a source said they'd like to release him, then sign him to a standard Minor League contract that would allow him to start the season in Triple-A.

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The feeling appears to be mutual.

"It'll definitely be something I consider," Hall said. "Obviously if something different came up, I'd be a fool not to explore it. But I've loved my time here. It's a great clubhouse. Everything's going great, outside of injuries, so obviously I'd love to stay here."

Hall, the most accomplished of the non-roster invitees, is somewhat of a repetitive player on the Angels but nonetheless came into camp hoping to land a backup job. The 33-year-old was off to a good start, going 3-for-9 with four RBIs while displaying his versatility. But he suffered tightness in his right quad on Feb. 27. Then, during infield drills on March 13, just as he was inching his way back to action, he strained his left calf.

Hall said his previous quad injury is now "irrelevant." He got a platelet-rich plasma injection two days ago that has temporarily eliminated the pain of his new ailment.

"It actually feels like it's not injured right now," Hall said. "I'm obviously not going to do anything physically taxing for a few days, but as of right now, it feels great. It feels better than it did before I got injured. No pain right now, so hopefully it continues to get well and the process is a lot quicker."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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