Major League Baseball will not announce a possible suspension for
Hamilton met with the league for a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton relapsed a few months ago, and told MLB about his relapse. It's not clear how Hamilton will be treated given his history with drugs and alcohol. Hamilton is technically a first-time offender since his past suspensions happened when he was a minor-leaguer, but it appears it will be up to commissioner Rob Manfred will make the decision about a possible Hamilton suspension.
The 33-year-old Hamilton was already sidelined after having offseason surgery. He hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year.
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"His life isn't over, but his baseball career should be," Silver said in a phone interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Hamilton met with MLB officials on Wednesday and confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. At this point, it's uncertain if Hamilton has failed a drug test.
"I'm not shocked or surprised,'' Silver said. "People don't understand that this hasn't been easy for him. I knew something was not right for the last couple of months. The fact that he's turning himself in is a sign that he got tired of the same old spin cycle. He's trying to get well.
"He needs to get down and dirty with himself.''
Although his previous issues occurred in the minors, it's unlikely that Hamilton will be treated strictly as a first-time offender for his relapse. First-time offenders in the MLB are put into a program and subject to increase testing. Hamilton, however, is already tested three times per week.
At this point, the
"We're going to take one step at a time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There is no sense in getting too far out in front because information is still evolving."
General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed that Hamilton is in New York, but wouldn't reveal if he was involved in a disciplinary issue or when they expect him back. Outside of his disciplinary issues, Hamilton underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February which will keep him sidelined until May. He has been rehabbing in Houston and does not have a locker room in the club's spring training clubhouse in Arizona.
"I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," Dipoto told the paper. "At this point I have no other information to offer."
When FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal asked an unnamed baseball executive if Hamilton's disciplinary issue was for performance-enhancing drugs, his response was "worse." The executive declined to elaborate on the extent of Hamilton's issues.
"If throughout the spring, if we see something that fits for us, like we do any other spring, we'll certainly pay attention," Dipoto said. "But it's not something we are focused on at this point."
Dipoto said he feels confident in Matt Joyce, Collin Cowgill and Dan Robertson filling in if Hamilton does miss time once the season starts.
Hamilton underwent surgery on his shoulder earlier in February and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. However, he could miss up to 12 weeks while recovering from the injury.
Hamilton hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats in 2014.
Hamilton underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February, and was initially expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks. That may have been an optimistic target. "It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an arthritic shoulder. Until he gets on site and on the field, it’s tough to determine how long it will take."
Hamilton is set to rehab in Houston, and will join the club when he's ready. As of right now, there's no timetable for his return to the team.
The 33-year-old hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year. He's entering the third year of a five-year, $125 million deal. Hamilton will make $23 million in 2015.
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