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32 Josh Hamilton LF
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 5/21/1981 | Birthplace: Raleigh, NC | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $17,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/48 | Average Draft Position: 243.96
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Angels' Josh Hamilton still not progressing from shoulder injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was able to hit off a tee Tuesday, but hasn't progressed to any significant baseball activities, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday per the L.A. Times.

Hamilton, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, has taken light batting practice during spring training, but has not been able to play in a spring training game yet this season.


Manfred expecting decision in Hamilton case before Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league expects to have a decision on possible discipline against Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton by Opening Day, according to the Associated Press.

"We are working toward a result," Manfred said. "I expect a decision before Opening Day. Obviously with Josh Hamilton recovering from surgery, that may give us some more time because he won't play."

According to earlier reports, Major League Baseball is undecided about having Hamilton, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, enter a rehabilitation program following a drug relapse or face a suspension. The case has been assigned to an arbitrator. MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for at least 25 games and potentially for one year. However, the union is arguing for a lesser penalty, potentially 15 games and Hamilton entering a treatment program.

If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension and would not have to enter a treatment program. 

Hamilton, who was suspended from baseball from 2004-06 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol abuse, admitted to MLB he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. A source told Heyman in late February that Hamilton confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine.


Angels GM: Josh Hamilton taking batting practice


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that outfielder Josh Hamilton is making progress in his return from shoulder surgery. 

Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that Hamilton's physical therapy is "going well", adding that Hamilton has taken at least one round of batting practice.


MLBPA on Josh Hamilton leaks: 'Cowardly'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement about leaked information regarding Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, MLB.com reports.

"It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement," the statement read. "These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate. The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled."

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that an arbitrator would be needed to break the league's split on whether Hamilton should enter a rehab program for substance abuse. It was reported early Thursday that the decision on whether the league will suspend the outfielder could come as early as next week.


Report: MLB could have Josh Hamilton decision next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Major League Baseball could have a decision on whether or not to discipline Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton as early as next week, industry sources told FOX Sports.

Currently, MLB is undecided about having Hamilton enter a rehabilitation program following a drug relapse, according to the Los Angeles Times. An arbitrator has been appointed after the four-member panel -- with two representatives each from MLB and the MLB Players Association -- assigned to Hamilton's case could not reach a majority opinion on the proper course.

MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for at least 25 games and potentially for one year. However, the union is arguing for a lesser penalty, potentially 15 games and Hamilton entering a treatment program.

If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension and would not have to enter a treatment program. 

Hamilton, who was suspended from baseball from 2004-06 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol abuse, admitted to MLB he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. A source told Heyman in late February that Hamilton confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine.


Report: MLB split on whether Josh Hamilton should go to rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Major League Baseball is split over whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should go to rehab, according to the Los Angeles Times

The four person panel assigned to Hamilton's case are deadlocked, and the group will have to bring in an arbitrator in order to break the tie. The panel first must decide whether Hamilton violated any rules, and then must agree on a course of treatment. The panel has not been able to agree on the latter of those conditions, which is why an arbitrator is necessary. 

If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, but does not have to attend rehab, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension. 

MLB is also trying to determine whether Hamilton should be charged as a fourth-time offender of the drug policy. If that's the case, Hamilton could be suspended for the entire season.

Hamilton, 33, admitted to MLB that he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Hamilton has dealt with drug and alcohol issues throughout his career, and was suspended for three seasons after failing drug tests as a minor-leaguer. He met with officials in New York in February regarding the incident. 


Head of MLPA Tony Clark: I hope Josh Hamilton gets 'support'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Tony Clark, the head of the MLBPA, told the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he's not sure how quickly the Josh Hamilton case will be resolved, but does hope that the embattled Angels slugger receives "support" from the people around his circle.

"There are always baseball concerns, but more important are life concerns," Clark said. "We have a process and protocols in place to handle the baseball issues. But I'm hopeful that anybody that is part of baseball family, if a player finds himself in a tough spot, he is more interested in the support he's getting as an individual than the baseball part."

Hamilton confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. A four-doctor panel will evaluate his case before an arbitrator makes a ruling. A verdict on a suspension could come in a few weeks.

"The process needs to play itself out, and then we'll have a decision," Clark said.


Report: Josh Hamilton decision could come 'in weeks'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) A verdict on a potential Josh Hamilton suspension could come "in weeks," Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports Friday. A report surfaced Thursday that that the Angels outfielder is expected to suspended at least 25 games by Major League Baseball.

Hamilton met with MLB officials on Wednesday and confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. Hamilton will meet with a four-doctor panel where they will determine the best course of action for the embattled slugger. The case could then go to an arbitrator, following by the commissioner.

"We have a lot of things on our plate that we have to take care of," manager Mike Scioscia said. "(The Hamilton case) is going to happen in it's own time, and we can't let it affect us."

Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.


Report: Angels' Hamilton likely to receive suspension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will likely be suspended for at least 25 games, according to FoxSports.com.

Hamilton met with Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a disciplinary hearing. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported that Hamilton experienced a drug relapse a few months ago, and confessed that relapse to MLB. 

This is technically Hamilton's second violation as a major-leaguer. Hamilton was on the Rays 40-man roster during his first suspension, making him a major-league player. Typically, players who violate their drug treatment program for the first time are subject to a 15-25 game suspension. Given that this is Hamilton's second violation of his drug treatment program, it's unclear how severe the punishment will be.

With that said, commissioner Rob Manfred is reportedly trying to be lenient with any punishment. The league has a "favorable view of Hamilton's efforts to remain sober." Since his return to the majors, Hamilton has spoken honestly about his struggles with addiction.

On top of that, Manfred is concerned about making the punishment too harsh. Hamilton's past relaspes have come when he's been away from the game. Manfred reportedly is not close to making a final decision on Hamilton's punishment at this time. 

Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.


Report: Angels' Hamilton won't receive a ruling on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Major League Baseball will not announce a possible suspension for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton on Thursday, according to FoxSports.com.


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.  


Hamilton's mentor, friend: 'His baseball career should be over'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Roy Silver, a friend and mentor responsible for helping Josh Hamilton get his career back on track after the embattled Angels outfielder missed the 2002-2006 seasons while recovering from drug addiction, suggested that Hamilton should call it a career to focus on getting his life in order.

"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 Angels are unsure what to expect from Hamilton, who is due $25.4 million this season, and $32.4 million in 2016 and 2017.

"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."


Report: Josh Hamilton meeting with MLB over 'disciplinary issue'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to meet MLB officials on Wednesday to discuss a "disciplinary issue," and the club is fearing a possible punishment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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.


Angels GM not focusing on adding outfield help with Hamilton injured


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto isn't looking to add any outfield depth with Josh Hamilton still out of action, reports MLB.com.

"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.


Angels' Josh Hamilton could be out a month longer than expected


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could be sidelined a month longer than expected, according to the Los Angeles Times

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. 


Angels' Josh Hamilton to rehab in Houston


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will rehab his shoulder in Houston, according to the Orange County Register

Hamilton will remain in Houston for "an unspecified time," according to manager Mike Scioscia. It's unclear why Hamilton will be away from the team while completing his rehab. Hamilton had shoulder surgery in early February, and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. 

The 33-year-old hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year.


Angels' Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks following shoulder surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Angels announced outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent surgery Wednesday to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to need 6-8 weeks to fully recover, but could resume baseball activities in as early as three weeks.

On Tuesday, general manager Jerry Dipoto said a return by the April 6 opener in Seattle is "a little aggressive." Although, he did not rule out Hamilton being ready by opening day.

"Nobody wants to perform more than Josh," Dipoto said, per MLB.com. "We want him to perform, we want him to be good. He knows that, we know that. I can't sit here and express my frustration that he's hurt. My primary focus is to get him in a position where he's no longer hurt, then we'll work through the baseball performance. I know he had a frustrating season, and some, if not all, can be attributed to this issue."

If Hamilton is sidelined to start the season, it could mean more playing time in left field for Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill, and more at-bats at DH for C.J. Cron.


Hamilton injury could free up at-bats for Angels' Joyce, Cowgill, Cron


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) With Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton doubtful for the start of the season due to shoulder surgery, his absence could open the door for more playing time in the outfield for Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill. It could also mean more at-bats for C.J. Cron at DH, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We don't envision this being a long-term issue, but 6-8 weeks is not a short-term thing,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Hamilton's injury. “We'll have a better idea when he gets back on the field doing baseball things.”


Angels' Josh Hamilton to undergo shoulder surgery, out 6-8 weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

Hamilton will need six-to-eight weeks to recover from the procedure, which may delay the beginning of his season to allow him the proper time to recover and prepare. He is set to resume baseball activity in a minimum of three weeks. The team indicated that the symptoms in Hamilton's shoulder, which limited him to four games in September, resurfaced over the past week. His surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.


Angels' Josh Hamilton setting lofty goals for 2015


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is ready to set some lofty goals for 2015, according to MLB.com.

Hamilton said he's aiming to hit .300, with 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year. After struggling through injuries in 2014, Hamilton said his offseason has been mostly normal. The 33-year-old hit .263/.331/.414 over 338 at-bats last year. 


Angels GM Dipoto: 'We believe in Josh Hamilton'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Angels have reportedly spoken with two teams, the Rangers and Padres, about the possibility of trading for outfielder Josh Hamilton, but general manager Jerry Dipoto has said the team has not given up on him.

“We do believe in Josh,” Dipoto told FOXSports.com. “We’ve seen it every day when he takes batting practice. We’ve seen him hit balls that humans shouldn’t hit. What he does, 99 percent of the players can’t do.

“We are absolutely of the belief that the ability is there for him to do the things that he has done in the past. Now we have to help him turn the key to bring the ability out.”

The talks for Hamilton were considered exploratory and were unable to gain traction, according to Ken Rosenthal. 

Hamilton, 34, is owed $83 million over the next three years and only played in 89 games in 2014, hit .263 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. 


Angels looking for Narron to be positive influence on Josh Hamilton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) While Jerry Narron will be hitting coach for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate at Salt Lake, the team is also hopeful Narron will be a positive influence on outfielder Josh Hamilton, especially during spring training. 

Narron was Hamilton’s "accountability partner" with the Reds in 2007 and during several seasons with the Rangers, when Hamilton was a five-time All-Star. Hamilton has struggled in his first two seasons with the Angels, batting .255 with a .426 slugging percentage in 240 games.

"We felt it was a great advantage to add him to our Triple-A mix, but I’d be lying if I told you there wasn’t some kind of added motivation to bring him in because of his history and relationship with Josh," general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Narron, per the Los Angeles Times.

"He won’t spend a ton of time after opening day with Josh, but any contribution Johnny can make in helping Josh get to a good place will help. He knows Josh’s swing and what it looks like when it’s going at his best. He understands how to talk to Josh about the physical act of hitting.

"We have Don Baylor, Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento as wonderful hitting coaches. Johnny comes in with a fresh new perspective and might be able to shed some light on how to help Josh move in a direction that would be more productive for him."


Angels OF Josh Hamilton reacts to booing from home fans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Angels embattled outfielder Josh Hamilton, who never completely regained his stroke after thumb surgery in April and sustained more physical problems in September, has addressed the boos he received from the home fans during a hitless division series.

"It's frustrating, but there's nothing you can do about it," he told the Orange County Register. "The injuries weren't like hamstrings. When you play the game you are going to get hurt. You can't control that unless you play soft, and that's a whole other issue."

Hamilton played just 89 games and finished with 10 home runs - none at home. He batted .263 with 44 RBI before going 0 for 13 in the brief playoff run. That performance resulted in boos and a quizzical reaction from Hamilton.

"I thought it was pretty funny, after my third at-bat of the first game, I got booed," he said. "I'm like, seriously? I'm out for a month, put all kinds of poison in my body to even attempt to play, and get booed? Whatever. It's kind of comical. I don't take offense to it because they don't know me. There is no personal interaction."


Angels OF Josh Hamilton starts Thursday as expected


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) As expected, Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) was in the starting lineup for Thursday's ALDS series opener against the Royals. Hamilton had been sidelined since mid-September.

Josh Hamilton to start in left field in Game 1 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will bat seventh and play left field in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton has been out of action for two weeks with a shoulder injury, and he's played just one game since Sept. 4. He hit .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats during the regular season.


Angels OF Josh Hamilton confident he will lineup for Game 1 of ALDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to face live pitching Tuesday, according to The Orange County Register. Hamilton added he is confident he will be in the starting lineup Thursday for Game 1 of the ALDS.