Josh Hamilton, who survived an addiction to cocaine and alcohol to become a five-time All-Star, has suffered some type of relapse, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
The Angels outfielder met with Major League Baseball officials in New York on Wednesday. Since then, there have been negotiations about how the situation will be handled moving forward.
Hamilton is known to have failed at least six drug tests as a minor leaguer more than a decade ago. His addictions led to a three-year suspension from baseball, from 2003 to 2005.
He was reinstated in 2006, under terms that are largely unknown. The only condition that is known is that he has been subject to three drug tests a week ever since.
The unknown terms may be complicating matters now. Rob Manfred, baseball's new commissioner, would make the call on any penalty.
Players failing to comply with a treatment program are subject to suspensions that range from 15 to 25 games for an initial violation, 25 to 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 other violation.
Hamilton, 33, had not been with the Angels at their Tempe, Ariz., spring training facility. He had been in Houston, rehabilitating a right shoulder that was surgically repaired on Feb. 4.
He was expected to be sidelined until at least May after the shoulder surgery. With any suspension tacked on to his stay on the disabled list, he would miss a substantial part of the season, if he returned at all.
Outfielder Juan Pierre announced his retirement after a 14-year major league career that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins.
Pierre ranks 18th in career stolen bases with 614. He was a .295 hitter who finished with 2,217 hits.
He batted .247 in 113 games with the Marlins in his final season in 2013. He announced his retirement Friday at age 37.
•CC Sabathia threw 41 pitches during his third bullpen session at spring training. The 34-year-old lefthander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn't pitch after May 10. He had surgery in July.
"No problems," Sabathia said Friday. "Still working on things. My cutter, my changeup."
• Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot.
•Adam Wainwright won't pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener at the Chicago Cubs on April 5.
•Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders had surgery on his left knee and could return to the team sooner than previously expected, perhaps in mid-April.