commissioner expects Josh Hamilton decision by opening day

Josh Hamilton reportedly suffered a relapse with drug and alcohol use this offseason,

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and met with Major League Baseball last month . At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Angels were "bracing for possible penalties" regarding Hamilton's offseason issues, but a penalty has yet to be handed down. Friday, commissioner Rob Manfred told the Associated Press that he expects a decision to be made by opening day, saying "we are working towards a result." MORE: Angels hit four triples in one inning | Why spring training failure matters | Era of vanishing offense?  Hamilton, who is entering his third season with the Angels, is in the process of working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Manfred noted that since it is unlikely that Hamilton will be ready to start the season, may have a little more time to come to a final decision on possible disciplinary action. Previous reports have said that a full season suspension is unlikely.  "Obviously with Josh Hamilton recovering from surgery, that may give us some more time because he won't play," Manfred said.Hamilton only played in 89 games for the Angels last season due to injury, hitting .263 with just 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.

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