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Thursday, February 16, 2012
GM: We continue to support Josh Hamilton

By Richard Durrett

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that the club will do what it can to support slugger Josh Hamilton after his latest relapse.

The team recently named Shayne Kelley as a staff assistant and part of his role will be to help Hamilton during the season, something Johnny Narron did since Hamilton was traded to Texas prior to the 2008 season. Kelley will travel with the team.

"There will be some additional steps that we’ll take as a club, along with Josh, just to continue to support him and to insure to the best of our abilities that this doesn't happen again," Daniels said. "We have more ability to help with that during the season."

Daniels said the team knew about Hamilton's plans to go through counseling for himself and with his wife, Katie, before Hamilton went to New York to talk to doctors with MLB and MLBPA. Hamilton said on GBTV, a subscription website, Wednesday that he's already making progress and feels good about how things are going in his life since the incident a few weeks ago.

Daniels reiterated that long-term contract discussions with Hamilton are tabled for now.

Everyone involved agrees it's not the time to look at it," Daniels said. "The priority needs to be his recovery and his family and, secondarily, getting ready for the season. We're not going to get in the way of those things with contract talk. We may address it again at some point, but we'll handle that privately. I don't know if it will be this spring or a later date."