Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced that former American League MVP Josh Hamilton met with Major League Baseball officials on Wednesday over a disciplinary issue.
The team declined to give any details of the meeting, which took place in New York and was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
"I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the newspaper. "At this point I have no other information to offer."
Hamilton, who has been spending the offseason in Houston recovering from surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, undergoes regular drug testing as a condition of his reinstatement into baseball in 2005. The veteran outfielder was suspended for three seasons between 2003-05 for well-documented substance-abuse issues.
The 33-year-old went on to beat his addiction and become one of the game's most feared hitters over a five-year span with the Texas Rangers from 2008-12. Hamilton was named an AL All-Star in each of those seasons and captured the league's MVP Award in 2010, when he batted .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBI and helped the Rangers to the World Series.
Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December of 2012, but had a disappointing first season with the club and was limited to just 89 games by injuries this past campaign.
The 1999 No. 1 overall pick managed just 10 homers and 44 RBI along with a .263 average in 2014, missing nearly two months with a calf strain and most of September with shoulder problems. Hamilton returned for the AL Division Series, but was hitless in 13 at-bats as the Angels were swept by Kansas City.
Hamilton admitted to having brief relapses with alcohol in both 2009 and 2012, though those incidents were not punishable under MLB's current drug policy.