Alan Wiggins has suffered a drug relapse, according to one of his lawyers, Edgar Paul Boyko.
Wiggins, the Padres' starting second baseman, checked in to an unnamed drug rehabilitation center on Saturday after mysteriously disappearing for two days. And it was at that time that another of Wiggins' lawyers, Roy Bell, said Wiggins "may well be stressed out" and that it wasn't clear whether his disappearance could be linked to drug use.
But Boyko, a law partner with Bell at Miller, Boyko & Bell in San Diego, said Sunday that he was told Wiggins suffered a relapse. Boyko had been Wiggins' lawyer in 1982 when the Padre was arrested and charged for cocaine possession. The charges were erased when Wiggins was admitted to the Care-Unit Hospital at Orange.
"I called my office and talked to one of my associates (Jim Waring), and he did confirm that there'd been a relapse in the drug problem," Boyko said. "I'm sorry to hear it."