The Los Angeles Angels began workouts in the Cactus League without outfielder Josh Hamilton after the former MVP reportedly suffered a drug relapse during the offseason.
The internal struggles of Hamilton came to a head again during the winter as the five-time All-Star fell prey to his well documented substance abuse problems once again, this time involving cocaine and alcohol.
Hamilton was in New York yesterday meeting with MLB officials regarding a disciplinary issue and although no specifics were reported at the time, it didn’t take social media, the Angels, and others who have been directly affected one way or another by substance abuse too long to connect the dots.
The Angels are expecting Hamilton to be suspended, but do not know any details currently. “We’re all waiting for some information to come out of New York,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. “He obviously went up there for a meeting, and we’ll see how everything unfolds. But right now, we’re just in a holding pattern like everyone else.”
In 89 games last season Hamilton hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI to go along with 108 strikeouts.
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