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Hamilton is likely to be suspended at least 25 games for his recent drug relapse, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports report.

There are several moving parts when it comes to the eventual length of Hamilton's suspension. Because of the pro-active way in which Hamilton went about this, he'll reportedly be treated as a first time offender and the penalty for that is supposed to be between 15 and 25 games. However, this is definitely not Hamilton's first offense, so he'll probably receive more than that. Morosi and Rosenthal additionally report that the commissioner's office have a favorable view of Hamilton and the MLBPA will appeal any penalty deemed too harsh. There are plenty of reasons to believe that he'll get at least 25 games, but also plenty of reasons to believe it won't be too much more than that.

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Hamilton, who is already dealing with a shoulder injury, is believed to have had a relapse, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Hamilton did not actually fail a drug test, according to Heyman, so he'll effectively enter the program as a first-time offender, leaving his ultimate fate in the hands of the commissioner. He met with MLB disciplinary officials in New York on Wednesday, but no official decision has been reached yet. The 33-year-old slugger should find out his fate in short order, but at this point, it's looking unlikely that he'll take the field until very late in 2015 -- whether it be due to health or disciplinary issues.

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Hamilton, who is already out with an injured shoulder, is meeting with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue, the LA Times reports.

The specifics of Hamilton's hearing have not been disclosed yet, but he could be facing a possible suspension. "I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said. "At this point I have no other information to offer."

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Hamilton (shoulder) could miss a month longer than initially expected, the Los Angeles Times reports.Hamilton was initially slated for a six-to-eight week timetable, but now it apparently could reach as far as 12 weeks, which could move his return back to May. The expectations on the situation remain unclear at this point, but prospective owners should note the possibility of a later return.

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Hamilton, who recently underwent surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, will rehab in Houston until an unspecified time, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.Hamilton had surgery in early February, with an expected recovery timetable of six-to-eight weeks. That leaves him highly questionable to be ready for Opening Day, and it probably isn't a great sign that he's expected to stay in Houston for a while. The candidates to benefit from extra at-bats in Hamilton's absence include Matt Joyce, Colin Cowgill and Efren Navarro.

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Hamilton underwent successful surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder Wednesday, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

The Angels scheduled the procedure after Hamilton's right shoulder, which limited him throughout most of September, began acting up again during workouts this past week. The hope is that Hamilton will be able to resume baseball activities in about a month, but a full recovery has been estimated at 6-to-8 weeks, meaning there's a very good chance the team will have to turn elsewhere in left field to begin the season.

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Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to open the season on the DL, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

Surgery to repair the AC joint in Hamilton's right shoulder is set for Wednesday, with a full recovery estimated at 6-to-8 weeks. While that timetable would seem to leave a sliver of hope for Opening Day, GM Jerry Dipoto said that is "probably a little aggressive." After missing nearly all of spring training, Hamilton will likely need a minor league rehab assignment before potentially returning later on in April.

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Hamilton will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.

Hamilton missed most of September with a right shoulder injury, and apparently his symptoms resurfaced during workouts this past week. Recovery has been estimated at 6-to-8 weeks, meaning his Opening Day availability is in doubt. Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill seem like the top candidates for playing time in Hamilton's absence.

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Hamilton (ribs) will be the starter in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

A bout of rib cage inflammation cost Hamilton the final two weeks of the regular season, but he received the green light to start Game 1 after taking live batting practice off teammate Drew Rucinski on Tuesday. Hamilton is just 6-for-27 against lefty Jason Vargas, Thursday's starer for Kansas City, though three of those hits have left the park.

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Hamilton (ribs) appears to be good to go for the ALDS, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton said "thumbs up" after going through a full on-field workout Tuesday, which included live hitting off teammate Drew Rucinski, reinforcing his comments from earlier in the day that he felt confident he would be fine for Game 1. Hitting coach Don Baylor has concurred, so look for Hamilton to man left field and bat either six or seventh in the order Thursday.