Injured Texas Rangers catcher free on bail after marijuana arrest

07/11/2014 2:45 PM

07/11/2014 4:49 PM

Injured Texas Ranger catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of possession of marijuana under two ounces, police said.

Soto, 31, was stopped about 10 p.m. by a Grapevine patrol officer in the 3500 block of Ira E. Woods Avenue. The officer found the illegal weed in his vehicle, said Sgt. Robert Eberling, a Grapevine police spokesman.

Soto posted $500 bail Thursday morning and was released from jail, Eberling said. He declined to provide further information about the arrest, such as why Soto was pulled over in the first place and why the officer searched his vehicle, saying the case has been turned over to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

“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,” Soto said in a written statement released by the Rangers.

In the statement, the Rangers said they have notified Major League Baseball. Marijuana is a “drug of abuse” under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, but players are not tested for it.

Players found using or suspected of using marijuana will be be referred to a treatment board, which will determine if a treatment program is necessary.

“We have spoken to Geovany, and he has apologized and expressed deep embarrassment for the situation,” the club said in its statement.

Soto has been on the disabled list all season after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He began a rehab assignment July 4 at Triple A Round Rock.

He batted .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in 2013.

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