Soto apologizes to Rangers after pot bust

07/12/2014 9:32 PM

11/12/2014 6:46 PM

A remorseful Geovany Soto addressed his teammates during a clubhouse meeting before Saturday’s game, apologizing for his recent arrest on a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

“He was great,” manager Ron Washington said. “I think it should just be for the ears inside the clubhouse, but he was great.

“He’s a pro. I hope he’s ready to get past this.”

Soto issued a public apology through a statement released by the Rangers on Friday after he was arrested Wednesday night by Grapevine police on suspicion of possession of marijuana under two ounces, police said. He posted $500 bail Thursday morning and was released from jail.

It is unclear why Soto was pulled over initially. The case has been turned over to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Soto has been on the disabled list all season after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He was in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple A Round Rock and had just been transferred to Double A Frisco to continue it.

The Rangers have notified Major League Baseball about the incident. Marijuana is a “drug of abuse” under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement, through 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.

Holland to Arizona

Left-hander Derek Holland will go to Arizona on Friday for about 10 days to continue his throwing program, including throwing three live batting-practice sessions.

He’ll be re-evaluated after returning, with hopes of soon beginning a medical rehabilitation assignment with Double A Frisco.

The Rangers will be cautious with Holland, who is not expected back in the big leagues until late August or early September. In Frisco, he’ll start out at two innings and 35 pitches in a tentatively scheduled first start on July 28.

“That is the way we planned it right now,” pitching coach Mike Maddux said. “When you put stuff on paper, you’re conservative. If he accelerates it, that’s good. But we don’t want to do too much too soon and have a setback.

“There is a difference between throwing on the side and throwing in game conditions. You can’t simulate game conditions.”

Lefty called up

Left-hander Ryan Feierabend was called up from Triple A Round Rock and will be the 50th player and 30th pitcher used by the Rangers when he enters a game.

That might be today as the team’s starting pitcher in the final game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Today’s starter will come from either Feierabend or right-hander Scott Baker, manager Ron Washington said.

Feierabend, signed as a free agent by the Rangers in January, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 after Tommy John surgery the next year. He went 2-11 with an 8.58 ERA in 19 starts with Seattle between 2006-08.

Texas optioned lefty Aaron Poreda to Round Rock.

“Sure, I had times when I thought I was going to retire,” said Feierabend, 28, said of his Seattle days. “I’m glad I stuck with it and that the Rangers took a chance on me.”

Briefly

• Colby Lewis told the team he would be available out of the bullpen Sunday if needed, said Ron Washington, who added that the team will take him up on the offer.
• Washington said his rotation after the All-Star break will be Yu Darvish, Lewis and Nick Tepesch, with the other two spots up in the air. Miles Mikolas is a candidate and “you never know who else.”
• Engel Beltre has been called back to Arlington from his rehabilitation assignment in Double A Frisco to work on agility drills designed to improve his speed on the bases with a better first step.

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