Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to meet with MLB officials on Wednesday in New York to discus a disciplinary issue, the Angels confirmed. There have been reports that Hamilton will be suspended for a drug related issue.
Asked a baseball executive if Hamilton’s discipline was for PEDs. His response: “Worse.” The executive declined to elaborate.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 25, 2015
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times “”I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York, at this point I have no other information to offer.”
Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law Michael Chadwick said player has “hit a bump in the road, keep him in your prayers.” — steven marcus (@newsdaymarcus) February 25, 2015
Hamilton, underwent shoulder surgery earlier in February and was expected to miss at least April and part of May. He has been rehabbing at a friend’s ranch in Houston, per the Los Angeles Times.
Hamilton was suspended from baseball from the 2003 season to 2005 for cocaine and alcohol addiction. He returned to the game in 2006, but relapsed in 2009 and 2012.
He made back-to-back World Series appearances while playing for the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011. Hamilton also won the 2010 AL MVP Award in 2010.
He signed with the Angels in 2013 for a a five-year, $125 million deal and has struggled since hitting .255 with 31 homers in 240 games for Los Angeles. Hamilton will not be compensated for time missed due to suspension.
The Halos added some depth in the outfield this offseason with the addition of Matt Joyce, who is expected to be Hamilton replacement.