– Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was to meet with Major League Baseball officials Wednesday about a disciplinary issue, and the team is bracing for possible penalties.

General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Hamilton was in New York but declined to say what prompted league officials to summon the slugger.

The Los Angeles Times learned the meeting involved a disciplinary issue through a person with knowledge of the situation.

Hamilton has an injured shoulder and doesn't have a locker in the Angels spring training clubhouse in Tempe, Ariz. He is expected to be sidelined until at least May because of the injury. If he is suspended he could be out until late June or July.

Hamilton's agent, Michael Moye, did not return several messages, and MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.

Hamilton has a troubled past that includes a four-year addiction to cocaine and alcohol. He was suspended from 2003 to 2005, but returned to develop into a feared slugger.

LOS ANGELES TIMES