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Monday, April 12, 2004

The Times is seemingly asleep at the switch on the Bengie Molina situation.

Thursday:
"I'm here to play every day," said Bengie, on course to return for this weekend's series in Texas. "I don't care how good Jose is feeling. If they don't think I can play every day, that's a decision they have to make."

Saturday:
Angel catcher Bengie Molina, sidelined by a slight strain of his left hamstring, will attempt to run the bases aggressively before tonight's game. If he gets through the workout with no setbacks, he could start Sunday against the Rangers.

Yesterday:
Bengie Molina, sidelined by a slight strain of his left hamstring, ran vigorously in the outfield before Saturday night's game, and if the Angel catcher is able to run the bases aggressively today, he will probably make his 2004 debut Monday night against the Rangers.

And today:
Catcher Bengie Molina, sidelined by a strain of his left hamstring, ran in the outfield again. Scioscia said Molina would try to run the bases aggressively tonight, and if he passes that test, he could play Tuesday night at home.

It doesn't bother me so much that the Angels keep pushing Molina's return date back. What bugs me is that the Times hasn't even bothered to comment on the situation, or explain why what they've reported hasn't resulted in the expected outcome. Why even waste the ink at this point? How about "Bengie Molina may or may not run the bases aggressively at some point, and will be back when he's back, okay?" Mike DiGiovanna could program it in as a macro, just like I've got one that spits out "threw 2.2 ineffective innings in which he surrendered nine hits and seven earned runs, leading to renewed speculation that the Angels are keeping him in the rotation because of certain incriminating Polaroids in his possession" whenever I type the words "Ramon Ortiz."

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