An arbitrator ruled Friday that Josh Hamilton's substance-abuse relapse did not violate Major League Baseball's drug treatment plan, and the Angels outfielder will not be suspended.
Major League Baseball's announcement "defies logic" according to Angels' President John Carpino, and came more than a month after The Los Angeles Times first reported that Hamilton met with MLB officials in New York on Feb. 25 for a disciplinary issue.
It was later learned that Hamilton had self-reported his use of cocaine and alcohol to MLB.
Hamilton, 33, was not in camp this spring, and he was not issued a locker in the Angels' clubhouse in Arizona. The Angels granted him permission to rehabilitate from Feb. 4 surgery on his right shoulder in Houston, and Hamilton is not expected to return until May at the earliest.
The Angels' public stance supporting punishment of Hamilton is the most visible evidence yet of the club's disenchantment with the high-priced outfielder, who has been injured for long stretches of two largely miserable seasons. He is scheduled to make $25 million this season.
"The Angels have serious concerns about Josh's conduct, health and behavior, and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family."
Dipoto said he hadn't spoken with Hamilton on Friday, but only with the outfielder's representatives. Manager Mike Scioscia and his players have been outspoken in support of Hamilton, but the club also has removed his oversized promotional photo from the outside of Angel Stadium for this season.
Hamilton's injury has opened the door for the lefthanded-hitting Matt Joyce, a 2011 All-Star who was acquired from Tampa Bay over the winter, and righthanded-hitting Collin Cowgill to share left field.
Tomlin out 3-4 months
Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin will have surgery on his right shoulder next week to treat joint inflammation and will miss three to four months.
Tomlin, 30, felt discomfort in his shoulder after a minor league start Monday. He spent spring training competing for a spot in the Indians rotation but was optioned to Class AAA Columbus on Sunday.
•San Francisco extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations leader Brian Sabean through the 2019 season. The Giants also announced that Sabean, the longest-tenured general manager in the majors, has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations.
•The Cardinals claimed outfielder Gary Brown, a 2010 first-round pick of the Giants, off waivers. Brown hit .271 with 36 stolen bases in his second season at Class AAA Fresno in 2014, but batted .154 this spring.
•Atlanta released lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, who became expendable when the team acquired Trevor Cahill from Arizona. Rodriguez, 36, was competing for the fifth spot in the rotation and was 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA in six spring starts.
•Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined by Major League Baseball for placing illegal bets, but the sport said its investigation found no evidence he bet on baseball.