Rangers' Geovany Soto free on bond after marijuana arrest

 

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Injured Texas Ranger catcher Geovany Soto is free on bond after a Wednesday night arrest for 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 and police located the illegal substance inside his vehicle, said Sgt. Robert Eberling, Grapevine police spokesman.

Soto posted a $500 bond Thursday morning and is free, Eberling said.

Eberling would not release any further details of the arrest, 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 the baseball's Joint Drug Agreement, but players are not tested for it.

Players found using or suspected of using marijuana will 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 had been transferred to Frisco to continue his injury rehabilitation assignment. Soto, who has been on the disabled list all season after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, began the assignment July 4 at triple-A Round Rock.

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

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