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Josh Hamilton reportedly has alcohol relapse

February 2, 2012 |  8:44 pm


Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers' slugging outfielder and a recovering addict, drank alcohol at a Dallas area bar Monday night, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Rangers released a statement saying they are "aware of a situation, but we do not have further comment at this time."

Hamilton, a four-time All-Star and the American League most valuable player in 2010, has been sober since October of 2005. While a top prospect in the Tampa Bay organization, he missed the entire 2003-05 seasons because of suspensions related to his drug and alcohol use.

The 30-year-old is tested for drugs three times a week and until recently had an accountability partner, former coach Johnny Narron, to support him in his recovery. Narron, who was also a batting instructor for the Rangers, left the club after last season to become the Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach.

The only other time Hamilton broke his sobriety was in 2009 when he said he questioned his Christian faith and it led to a night of drinking at a bar in Tempe, Ariz.

Hamilton has helped the Rangers to two consecutive appearances in the World Series, but last summer he was part of tragic events at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, when he threw a foul ball toward fans in the left-field seats and a man fell to his death as he lost his balance trying to make the catch.


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Photo: Josh Hamilton. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press