Former first-round draft choice Kevin Matthews was released by the Texas Rangers after he was charged with driving while impaired early Wednesday.
The left-hander, who was taken with the 33rd overall pick in 2011 from Richmond Hill High School in Georgia, was charged with one misdemeanor count of DWI in Hickory, N.C., where he was pitching for the Rangers’ Low-A affiliate.
“The Texas Rangers are very disappointed in the Wednesday morning incident involving Kevin Matthews, and we certainly do not condone this behavior,” the club said in a statement. “We cannot comment any further on this situation since it is a police matter.”
Matthews sees his time with the Rangers’ organization end after a series of injuries that had cost him nearly two seasons. He was struggling with Hickory, posting a 6.48 ERA and 11 walks in 8 1/3 innings, and likely was a candidate to be released later in the season.
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