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Josh Hamilton Suffered an Offseason Drug Relapse

Angels’ outfielder’s MLB future very much in question due to previous addiction issues

The New York Daily News is reporting that Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Josh Hamilton, suffered a relapse involving cocaine and alcohol this offseason. Hamilton, who has battled addiction and sobriety for many years, was suspended by baseball from February of 2004 until June of 2006 for alcohol and cocaine related issues. Upon his reinstatement in 2006, Hamilton was required to submit to three drug tests per week. In 2009 and 2012, Hamilton suffered relapses in alcohol use but this most recent incident appears to be the first to involve cocaine in over ten years.

Hamilton is in the third year of a five-year, $125 million deal which he signed before the 2013 season. He will meet with Major League Baseball officials in New York on Thursday evening at which time it is expected that he will receive his punishment from the league for this most recent relapse. Hamilton, who is still recovering this spring from surgery on his shoulder, was expected to miss at least the first month of the season. The Angels now face the possibility of Hamilton being out for a significantly longer amount of time, and may have to go shopping for another outfielder in Hamilton’s absence.


Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent