Commissioner Rob Manfred said that
"Because Josh isn't in a position where he's going to be on the field, it has made the timing a little more relaxed," Manfred said Monday in a meeting with reporters at Dodgers camp in Glendale, Ariz. "Beyond that, I just can't say anything."
Hamilton, who survived a harrowing addiction to become a five-time All-Star with the
Hamilton, who turns 34 in May, is known to have failed at least six drug tests as a
Hamilton has not been in camp with the Angels this spring, and he was not issued a locker in the team's Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse. The Angels granted him permission to rehabilitate his injury, which was expected to sideline him until late April or early May, in Houston.
There have been extensive negotiations between MLB and the players union to determine the number of times Hamilton has violated his treatment program and whether he should enter a rehabilitation program for substance abuse.
Suspensions for players who fail to fulfill terms of a drug-treatment program range from 15 to 25 games for an initial violation, 25-50 games for a second violation, 50 to 75 games for a third violation, at least one year for a fourth violation and commissioner's discretion for any subsequent violations.
Manfred said confidentiality provisions in the drug program prevent him from discussing Hamilton's case, but he made it clear that Hamilton's fate is in his hands.