Los Angeles Angels slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton had a drug relapse involving crack cocaine and alcohol during the offseason, this is according to New York Daily News.
Hamilton has a well-documented struggle with cocaine and alcohol throughout his baseball career. Hamilton willingly told the MLB about his relapse during a meeting Wednesday that was scheduled to discuss disciplinary issues.
The first sign of trouble came from a tweet from Steve Marcus of Newsday quoting Hamilton’s father-in-law Michael Chadwick saying Josh “hit a bump in the road, keep him in your prayers.”
Hamilton underwent surgery on his right shoulder earlier this month and was not expected to return to the Angels lineup in May and they are now preparing for a possible suspension that has yet to come. According to Daily News, Hamilton had reportedly been at his friend’s ranch during his rehabilitation instead of remaining with the team during spring training.
This is not the first instance where he has run into drug trouble. Hamilton said he began using crack and alcohol after a 2001 traffic accident that he was injured in. He was later suspended from 2004 to 2006 because of the addiction to those substances.
After his reinstatement, Hamilton became one of baseballs most dangerous batters. He was named the 2010 AL MVP as well as leading the Texas Rangers to the 2010 and 2011 World Series.
Throughout this, he continued to struggle with addiction as he suffered at least two alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012.
Hamilton hit .255, 31 home runs and 123 RBIs in two seasons with the Angeles. He only has played 89 games last year due to injuries.
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