TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels gave utility man Bill Hall his unconditional release on Friday, putting their Spring Training roster at 44 players.
Hall had a chance to compete for a bench job this spring, but he hasn't played in almost a month due to a couple of nagging injuries. The 33-year-old, who hit 35 homers with the Brewers in 2006, 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, keeping him out of action ever since.
As an XX(b) free agent, the Angels owed Hall a $100,000 bonus to keep him in the organization, but not on the 40-man roster, by Tuesday. Hall could still sign a Minor League deal with the Angels to remain in their organization.
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