The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Rangers outfielder had an alcohol relapse at a Dallas area bar on Monday night. If true, it would be an unfortunate setback for Hamilton in his continued efforts to battle alcohol and drug addiction.
According to the report, Hamilton was drinking alcohol at Sherlock's Pub and Grill in Dallas before teammate Ian Kinsler showed up in an attempt to get Hamilton out of the bar.
If true, it would be Hamilton's second alcohol-related relapse since 2009. Hamilton admitted to drinking heavily in a bar in Arizona back in 2009.
The report also points out that Hamilton is currently without an "accountability partner" after his mentor, Johnny Narron left for Milwaukee to become the Brewers' hitting coach.
It's obviously too early to tell, but the setback may affect Hamilton's status with the Rangers moving forward. He's set to become a free agent at the end of the 2012 season and incidents like this could not only hurt his ability to secure a long-term extension, but it's not inconceivable to think it could hurt his value on the open market if an extension is not reached.
Hamilton is also tested for drugs three times a week.