Rangers' Josh Hamilton visits MLB doctors after alcohol relapse
After his alcohol relapse last week, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers visited doctors for Major League Baseball and the players’ association Monday in New York.
Texas General Manager Jon Daniels told the Associated Press that Hamilton was accompanied by Shayne Kelley, whose job includes being in a support role for Hamilton.
Hamilton admitted to having several drinks last week in Dallas, saying he had a “weak moment” that stemmed from “personal reasons” involving a family member.
Daniels said the Rangers probably would not punish Hamilton, but was unsure as to how MLB would handle the situation. “I think it’s kind of based on what the doctors find, and what they recommend, whether they feel like this was something bigger,” Daniels said.
The Rangers have put talks of a contract extension with Hamilton, whose contract expires after the 2012 season, on hold.
Kelley was hired by the Rangers last week to mainly become Hamilton's accountability partner, replacing Jerry Narron, who left the Rangers after last season to become hitting coach in Milwaukee.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Josh Hamilton of the Rangers during a news conference Friday in which he discussed his alcohol relapse. Credit: Max Faulkner / Associated Press