After 4 years of injuries/personal issues/drug addiction, this kid is finally gonna be able to get on the field and play again. I saw him play the year he was drafted (1999) up close and dealt with him on a daily basis. He was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. I really hope he is clean, and can make something out of his career....he is only 25, and still has time.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Troubled Tampa Bay prospect Josh Hamilton, on the restricted list the last two seasons, received permission from Major League Baseball on Friday to play in minor league games the rest of the year.
The Devil Rays were expected to announce later in the day where Hamilton will be assigned.
The 25-year-old Hamilton, the overall No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, was suspended in February 2004 for violating baseball's drug policy. The outfielder hasn't played since July 2002 because of injuries and unspecified personal issues.