MLB: Rangers catcher arrested for marijuana possession
Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine, Texas, and charged with marijuana possession.
Soto was pulled over around 10:00 p.m. for speeding, however it is unclear what led the officer to discover the marijuana.
After posting a $500 bond for misdemeanor possession, meaning he had less than two ounces, the 31-year-old catcher released a statement about the incident.
“I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night,” Soto said in a statement released by the team. “I am embarrassed and would like to apologize to my family, the Rangers organization and our fans that I was taken in on this charge. Because this is an ongoing case, I cannot discuss this matter any further at the time.”
Soto has not played this season due to a knee injury sustained in March. He joined the Rangers last season, batting .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs. He is expected to return after the All-Star break.
He began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday night for Triple-A Round Rock. Soto played the field for five innings and finished 0 for 2 in his first game action since undergoing left knee surgery.
The Rangers are paying him $2,750,000 per year. He was originally with the Chicago Cubs, making his debut in 2006. Soto becomes a Free Agent in 2015.
“The Rangers organization is aware of Wednesday night’s incident involving Geovany Soto,” the Rangers said in a statement. “We have spoken to Geovany, and he has apologized and expressed deep embarrassment for the situation. We have notified Major League Baseball of the incident. As this is an ongoing case, this is the only comment we will have at this time.”
Unlike the National Football League, Major League Baseball does not ban the use of cannabis, and it is unlikely that he will face a suspension by MLB for the incident.
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