Josh Hamilton has been working very hard to keep himself healthy and focused ever since being traded from the Los Angeles Angels last month. Josh is said to be making solid progress and is just about a week away from making his return to Texas. Hamilton has played seven minor league games so far, most of them with Class Double-AA Frisco where he made his final appearance last night before heading to Class Triple-AAA Round Rock to where he will play at least three games before the Rangers call upon him to make his well-anticipated return.
During a media session prior to yesterday’s game, Hamilton said that the Angels did not allow him to sit down with owner Arte Moreno to discuss a matter which has been considered “the talk of the offseason.” In December, Josh admitted to a drug/alcohol relapse which left the organization with second thoughts with regards to his future with the club.
This became a huge concern, not only for the organization, but for the entire league as they struggled to reach a verdict in which they would follow up with. The league took it upon themselves to put thought into what the next step would be for both Hamilton with regards to punishment and the Angels organization with regards to specific wording laid out within his contract which would help determine what to do with Hamilton going forward.
The matter continued to become more serious and more worrisome for both as they continued to wait for a ruling in which would ultimately help guide the league the rest of the way.
After speaking with both his agent and lawyer, Hamilton was not deemed a suspension. Once this became known, the Angels were unsure as to what they wanted to do with him next. About a week after the final ruling, a decision was made and a trade was quickly wrapped up, sending the five-time all star back to Texas.
When Hamilton first arrived, he had the opportunity to sit down with GM Jon Daniels and other executive members where they ultimately came up with a short-term rehab stint for Hamilton which he is likely to begin very shortly following his return.
Hamilton has been racking it up in the minor leagues of late, as he continues to work towards his much-anticipated return with the Rangers. Hamilton went 4-5 in his most recent start last night with AA Frisco.
Hamilton, 33, had a solid 2014 season with the Angels, hitting .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI’s having appeared in a total of 89 games and is looking to continue on this way going forward without having to face any form of discipline again due to poor decisions.