Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t certain Josh Hamilton will play for the team again after his latest relapse into substance abuse.
Moreno also says the 33-year-old outfielder’s contract contains language protecting the team against a relapse by Hamilton, apparently contradicting his previous statements.
Moreno spoke briefly to reporters on the field at Angel Stadium before the club’s home opener against Kansas City on Friday night.
When asked if Hamilton definitely would play again for Los Angeles, Moreno replied: “I will not say that.”
Hamilton has three years and $83 million left on his contract with the Angels. The 2010 AL MVP has been largely ineffective in two injury-marred seasons in Orange County.
Hamilton isn’t with the Angels this week, staying in Houston for rehab on his surgically repaired shoulder.