Marlins righthander Jeff Allison has reportedly suffered his second overdose in just over two years.
According to The Boston Globe, Medford, Mass., police found Allison unconscious in an apartment building. Rescue workers revived Allison at the scene, and he was hospitalized in Winchester, Mass., and later released.
It’s unclear what caused Allison, 21, to overdose this time, but he suffered a near-fatal heroin overdose in July 2004. He has also tested positive for marijuana in baseball-sanctioned drug tests and has sought treatment for Oxycontin dependency.
Medford is just north of Boston and about 20 miles south of Peabody, where Allison starred in high school. The Marlins drafted him with the 16th overall pick in June 2003 and gave him a $1.85 million signing bonus.
Because of his off-field troubles, Allison has seen no more than perhaps half that amount, much of which he must repay the Marlins per the conditions of his restructured contract.
Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello said the team was aware of the incident but had not spoken with Allison and would have no comment.
The hard-throwing righthander has been on the suspended list since spring training. He was recently cited for driving 70 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 85 in Greensboro, N.C. He also was cited for failure to carry his driver’s license.
Allison has a Sept. 19 hearing date in Guilford County (N.C.) Court. He listed a Greensboro address on the incident report and was believed to be living there with his mother, Noreen.
“I couldn’t believe he was in Medford,” said an officer at the Medford Police Department who asked not to be identified. “It’s a weird situation. It’s awful, really. Kid had all the talent in the world.”
Allison has made 20 professional starts over the past four years. He spent the 2005 season pitching at low Class A Greensboro, going 5-4, 4.18 in 17 starts.
The Marlins’ last public comment on Allison came from team owner Jeffrey Loria in March after Allison left the team’s minor league complex and was placed on the suspended list.
“I feel sad for the kid, but he’s going to have to get himself together,” Loria said then. “I hope he does because he’s got a great talent and a great ability. He has a gift and it would be a shame to waste that gift.”