GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cleveland Indians confirmed Tuesday that outfielder Austin Kearns was arrested last month for DUI.
Kearns, who is from Lexington, Kentucky, was arrested in Jessamine County on February 12, according to The Jessamine Journal, which broke the story on Monday.
The Indians said in a statement that they were aware of the arrest and "are in the process of gathering facts and discussing the matter with him.
"The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously and is disappointed by the circumstances," the team said. "We will handle the matter internally and will not have any further comment until we have complete information about the incident and the legal process has run its course."
The Indians signed Kearns to a one-year contract in December. He spent the first four months of the 2010 season with the Indians before they dealt him to the New York Yankees on July 30. Kearns, 30, batted .263 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 120 combined games with the two teams.
He is a career .257 hitter with 115 homers and 471 RBI in 962 career games with the Reds, Nationals, Indians and Yankees.