Angels “bracing for penalties” as Josh Hamilton meets with MLB about “disciplinary issue”

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Josh Hamilton is already facing a 2-3 month recovery timetable following shoulder surgery and now Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels outfielder “is meeting with Major League Baseball officials Wednesday about a disciplinary issue and the team is bracing for possible penalties.”

General manager Jerry Dipoto would only confirm that Hamilton is in New York meeting with MLB officials, declining to offer any further details.

Hamilton was not at the Angels’ spring training complex, because the team is allowing him to rehab the injury at home in Texas.

He was previously suspended from 2003-2005, but recovered from drug addiction to win an MVP award for the Rangers and later signed a $125 million deal with the Angels as a free agent. As part of that contract Hamilton must undergo three drug tests per week.