Union’s executive director meets with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, made his annual stop in the Texas clubhouse Tuesday and addressed several topics.

Weiner echoed the sentiments shared by the organization on the alcohol relapse by Josh Hamilton.

“Our initial feeling was the same as anybody — concern for Josh and his family,” Weiner said. “The union and the commissioner’s office jointly administer a program and Josh is part of that. Josh is working hard under that program and our first concern is for Josh’s well-being.”

Hamilton said last week he’s in counseling both individually and with his wife Katie. He also has MLB help at his disposal if needed.

“Major League Baseball and the Players Association retain experts in treatment in counseling,” Weiner said. “Those experts oversee the ongoing treatment of anybody in the program. We have experts in the field and Josh has the resources that he needs.”

The drug-testing issue with Ryan Braun also came up during the meeting, which lasted more than an hour. Braun had his positive drug test overturned last week in the appeals process because of a problem with the delivery of his urine sample.

Weiner said he still believes in the drug-testing program in place and that the Rangers players were not concerned about the system.

“Not concerns, but when we have situations like that, guys have questions,” Weiner said. “One reason our union is strong is that players are able to ask questions. Once they get the answers, they don’t have concerns.”

The Rangers are still without a union player representative. C.J. Wilson handled that role last year, but was acquired in free agency during the offseason by the Angels. Weiner said the club will not elect a representative until the rosters are set and that the player will likely be in place in June.