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MLB notes: Hamilton's drug use didn't cause allergies
By QMI Agency


Los Angeles Angels Josh Hamilton (L) rounds third base before scoring on a hit by teammate Mark Trumbo (R) against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas April 7, 2013. (REUTERS)

Doctors have assured Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton that his allergies were not caused or exacerbated by his past drug or alcohol abuse.

Hamilton has been battling occasional sinus and throat discomfort and dizziness due to his allergies.

"You have a hallway up the middle of your nose and sinus cavities on each side," Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times. "When you breathe air, it goes up and down the hallway.

"Same thing when you do drugs, it goes up the hallway, not into the sinus cavities. I told the doctor I had never had allergies before I started doing any of that stuff, but he said (drug use) has nothing to do with it."

Hamilton has struggled this season, batting .215 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 41 games entering Friday.


The five-time all-star and 2010 AL MVP was banned from baseball between 2003 and 2005 for his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

PETTITTE HEADING TO DL

New York Yankees veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte is heading to the disabled list.

The left-hander suffered a strained left trapezius muscle and will be eligible to return to the rotation on June 1.

"Anytime you go on the DL, it's disappointing," Pettitte told the New York Daily News. "Hopefully, this gets it cleared up and going good and I'll get back out there."

Pettitte, 40, is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees this season.

A'S PITCHER OUT YET AGAIN

Brett Anderson just can't stay healthy.

The Oakland Athletics starting pitcher has a stress fracture in his right foot and will be shut down for the next four weeks.

The oft-injured southpaw has spent most of the past three seasons on the disabled list.

Anderson has not pitched in a game since April 29 against the Los Angeles Angels due to ongoing problems with his right foot.

In six games, including five starts, Anderson is 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in 29 innings.

RYAN'S SON JOINS ASTROS

The son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan now has a job in Major League Baseball.

Reid Ryan officially became the Houston Astros’ president Friday after the team announced his hiring at a news conference.

"Today really is a dream come true," Ryan said. "You grow up an Astros fan here in Houston, everybody's got their hometown team that they had, and the Astros were mine. This is just a very special day."

Ryan, 41, takes over for George Postolos, who stepped down on Monday.

Ryan was previously the president and CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball and had been running the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

His father is currently the CEO of the rival Texas Rangers.






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