Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin will undergo shoulder surgery next week and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months, the team announced.
Tomlin lost the fifth starter competition this spring and had been optioned to Triple-A, but because of the injury his assignment to the minors was rescinded and he’ll instead be placed on the Indians’ disabled list.
Tomlin has a 4.89 ERA in 448 career innings at age 30 and once healthy he figures to be behind Danny Salazar for a call-up to the Indians’ rotation (assuming Salazar isn’t already in the majors).
Released by the Angels earlier this week, veteran reliever Matt Lindstrom has signed with the White Sox according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.
Lindstrom pitched for the White Sox in 2013 and 2014, having a good first season and a bad first season. He was on a minor-league deal with the Angels and struggled during spring training.
Lindstrom has a 3.68 ERA in 421 career innings at age 35, including some brief stints as a closer.
In response to today’s ruling that Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for his drug relapse, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto issued the following statement:
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. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.
Within the context of Hamilton being someone who has struggled with drug addiction for a significant portion of his life Dipoto’s “serious concerns” and “disappointed” comments come across with a tinge of anger and seem awfully callous.
Reading between the lines, it sure seems like the Angels are upset about still being on the hook for the $83 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract and, if nothing else, it’s certainly the opposite of welcoming him back to the team with open arms. This situation may get even uglier.