MLB Notes: Rangers plan to help Hamilton

Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton makes a statement about the events causing his relapse from...

Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton makes a statement about the events causing his relapse from sobriety during a news conference in Arlington, Texas, Feb. 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Sharp)

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Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton won't be punished for his alcohol-related relapse, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday.

"We will take additional steps to support him," Daniels told the Dallas Morning News. "We will have more ability to help him during the season. There will be no formal discipline."

Hamilton is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who suffered a setback a little more than two weeks ago.

Daniels said Hamilton is undergoing counselling, having met in New York with MLB doctors who specialize in dealing with substance abuse.

Hamilton also has apologized to fans, the franchise and his family.

The 30-year-old was the AL MVP in 2010. Last season he hit .298 with 25 homers and 94 RBI.

DODGERS BIDDERS BACK AT IT

The sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers has entered the next phase for those with $1.5 billion to spare.

The remaining 11 bidders for the franchise have been asked to submit revised bids within a week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

After the bids are reviewed, some will be eliminated and the others will be sent for MLB approval. The groups have been asked to identify their investors, detail their financing and outline five-year business plans for the club, the Times said.

The firm handling the sale cut the initial field of bidders to those it felt could pay at least $1.5 billion for the team.

GWYNN OPTIMISTIC

Tony Gwynn says he is already ahead of schedule, a day after five doctors spent 14 hours removing a malignant tumour from inside right cheek.

"Last time (a previous surgery), I couldn't lift my eye or close my mouth," Gwynn said from a San Diego hospital.

"This time, my eye can close, my mouth can close. I feel good. I'm talking better than I did last time."

There have been no signs of complications from a risky nerve graft that could have left Gwynn's face partially paralyzed or slightly disfigured, according to his wife, Alicia Gwynn.

Gwynn hopes to return soon to his job as San Diego State's baseball coach.

OWNERS GET ARBITRATION EDGE

The Pittsburgh Pirates won their salary arbitration case Thursday with first baseman Garrett Jones. It was the seventh and final MLB arbitration case this season, with the owners winning five of them.

The players won two cases (Emilio Bonifacio and Anibal Sanchez), both against the Miami Marlins.

Jones will get a salary of $2.25 million for 2012 instead of the $2.5 million he had requested. It's a hefty raise from the $455,000 he was paid in 2011, when the 30-year-old hit .243 with 16 homers and 58 RBI.

The Pirates avoided arbitration with new third baseman Casey McGehee, as they agreed on a one-year deal worth $2.5375 million. McGehee was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the off-season for pitcher Jose Veras.

BRIEFLY

Brandon Inge, who is being displaced at third base by Miguel Cabrera, has asked the Detroit Tigers for a chance to compete for the second-base job ... Tony LaRussa, who retired after managing the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series last fall, will be at training camp with the Tigers in a "non-official" capacity, working with GM Dave Dombrowski ... MLB has ruled it would not approve the Baltimore Orioles' contract with 17-year-old Korean pitcher Seong-Min Kim. The Korean Baseball Association accused the Orioles of violating an agreement regarding players that young and banned Orioles scouts from attending games in the country. The Orioles apologized, claiming ignorance ... A deal which would send A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees should be completed within 24 hours, ESPN reported Thursday. Talks for the highly paid, underachieving pitcher have been going on for a week. The Yankees apparently are weighing one final offer. Burnett has blocked a possible trade to the Los Angels for Bobby Abreu ... Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who had the memorable call of Hank Aaron's 715th home run in 1974, will retire after the 2012 season. Hamilton, 84, is entering his 28th season with the Houston Astros and 59th year overall calling MLB games.


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