HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 28:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels makes a diving catch on a shallow fly ball by Jason Castro (not pictured) of the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on June 28, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels makes a diving catch on a shallow fly ball. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBSDFW.COM) — Flavored toothpicks, gum, and sunflower seeds — Josh Hamilton used them all last season to shed his addiction to chewing tobacco with the Rangers.

But according to a report in the LA Times, the struggling slugger has resumed the habit with the Los Angeles Angels.

Asked if he had resumed chewing tobacco after quitting last July — a move that led to withdrawal symptoms and may have contributed to his second-half slump with Texas — Hamilton said, “No comment.”

The 5-time All-Star released a statement last July after saying he had been disobedient in a pre-game interview. In the statement, Hamilton, a Christian, said his issue was being obedient to the Lord in quitting chewing tobacco.

Hamilton has struggled with the Angels in the first year of his five-year, $125-million deal. The left-hander is batting just .223 with 10 RBIs and 29 RBIs.

But the slugger has shown signs of emerging from his early season slump. On a six-game road trip last week, Hamilton was nine-for-21 with four doubles and four RBIs.

According to the LA Times, Hamilton could be seen on television “spitting black liquid during some at-bats.”

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