TUCSON — The Angels are bracing for confrontation with Gary Matthews Jr. and the players' union sooner rather than later, preparing for disciplinary action against the center fielder unless he publicly addresses allegations he received a shipment of human growth hormone.
Angels owner Arte Moreno has said he wanted the matter resolved by opening day.
"I think it's going to come to a head long before then," said a source familiar with the Angels' thinking. "I don't think they're going to stand around and wait for opening day."
The Angels and Major League Baseball officials have discussed at least four possibilities -- suspending him with pay, suspending him without pay, converting his guaranteed contract to non-guaranteed and voiding the contract. He signed a five-year, $50-million contract in November.
If the Angels take any such action, they expect a challenge from the union. They already have been advised that they probably could not succeed in voiding the contract unless Matthews were convicted of a crime. He has not been charged.