Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a New York Daily News report.
Hamilton has a well-documented history of substance abuse problems dating to his days in the minor leagues, when he was suspended from baseball from February 2004 to June 2006 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol addiction.
The Angels confirmed that he met with MLB officials in New York on Wednesday about a disciplinary issue but offered no specifics as to the nature of any offense.
“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.”
The Los Angeles Times earlier reported the meeting between Hamilton and the league.
Hamilton’s agent Michael Moye did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.
The Daily News’ report follows tweets by Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com on Wednesday in which he wrote: “Hear hamilton had relapse. Believe occurred a couple months back. Involved at least cocaine.” In another tweet, Heyman wrote, “There’s no word of a failed test. Word is, Hamilton told mlb about relapse.”
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