Hamilton meeting with MLB over disciplinary issue …
Josh Hamilton is in New York on Wednesday, meeting with the Commissioner’s Office regarding a disciplinary issue, the Angels confirmed. The team declined to give specifics on the meeting and aren’t sure when they’ll hear back from Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Times first reported the news.
Hamilton wasn’t assigned a locker during Spring Training and has spent the spring in Houston, working with a physical therapist while rehabbing from surgery to his right AC joint. The Angels haven’t been certain when he’ll report to Spring Training and haven’t been able to guarantee that he’d even report to Spring Training at all.
Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Hamilton is in the third season of a five-year, $125 million contract and has posted an undewhelming .255/.316/.426 slash line in 240 games in his first two seasons of his Angels, looking nothing like the five-time All-Star from his Texas days. The 33-year-old spent all of September rehabbing ailments to his right shoulder, chest and ribcage, then went 0-for-13 in the American League Division Series and was told that extra time off could counteract the need for surgery.
Once he started swinging hard again, though, Hamilton continued to feel pain in his arthritic shoulder, prompting the need for surgery in early February.
The Angels were resigned to the fact Hamilton would start the season on the disabled list and have acknowledged that his rehab could spill into May. Now they have no clue when they’ll get their high-priced slugger in the lineup.