Halos have ally in case of Matthews

first_imgIt’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or non-involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a (bit) of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia, and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he too is hoping for an imminent resolution. “Anytime something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews is holding that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Meanwhile, the rest of baseball stews. “I believe, naive as some people may think, that (baseball) is a social institution,” Selig said. “Every one of us, when there is something that happens like this, we all have a responsibility.” Selig dispatched three investigators this week to Albany as part of his own inquiry, and said they’re working closely with federal investigators. He wouldn’t divulge any results from their efforts, and said any disciplinary action against Matthews at this point will come from the Angels, not his office. “This is an on-going investigation, and I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way,” Selig said. “That’s up to (the Angels).” Pen-tasticDarren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one. And the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said,. Oliver was a big part of a dominant bullpen last year with the New York Mets, serving a long-relief role and finishing with 4-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over 81 innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist, to go along with Scott Shields, Francisco Rodriguez among others. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img On the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. last_img

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