Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton received good news on Friday, learning that he would not be disciplined for a recent drug relapse. That prompted Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto to release this 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.
As Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports, Hamilton’s teammates weren’t pleased with Dipoto’s comment. However, starter C.J. Wilson was the only one willing to go on record with anything resembling criticism. Wilson said Dipoto’s statement was “kind of disheartening.” He clarified, saying, “The statement had multiple phases. I’m just going to focus on the last part of it, which was, ‘We are focused on Josh and his family.’ That’s the part that I agree with.”
As Moura notes, Wilson, Hector Santiago, and Huston Street have been public supporters of Hamilton’s. Despite the lack of discipline, Hamilton still won’t join the Angels for the start of the regular season as he’s currently rehabbing his right shoulder after undergoing surgery in February.