MLB notes: Rangers' Soto charged with pot possession

Mitch Moreland celebrates a homerun with Geovany Soto of the Texas Rangers against the Minnesota...

Mitch Moreland celebrates a homerun with Geovany Soto of the Texas Rangers against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 1, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP)

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Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine, Texas, and charged with marijuana possession.

The 31-year-old was released after posting $500 bail. The charge is a misdemeanor because he had less than 2 ounces, according to the Grapevine Police Department.

Soto was pulled over by police around 10 p.m. local time for speeding. Grapevine Police spokesman St. Robert Eberling said Soto was cooperative while being arrested.

Soto suffered a left knee injury in March and has not played yet this season for the Rangers.

“I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night,” Soto said in a statement released by the team. “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. Because this is an ongoing case, I cannot discuss this matter any further at the time.”

Soto joined the Rangers before last season and batted .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in 2013.

“The Rangers organization is aware of Wednesday night’s incident involving Geovany Soto,” the Rangers said in a statement. “We have spoken to Geovany, and he has apologized and expressed deep embarrassment for the situation. We have notified Major League Baseball of the incident. As this is an ongoing case, this is the only comment we will have at this time.”

Marijuana use does not violate Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement.

JIMENEZ DOWN

The Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury Friday.

The 30-year-old Jimenez sprained his right ankle while working out this week. He last pitched in a game a week ago against the Boston Red Sox and was scheduled to pitch Saturday against the New York Yankees.

The Orioles called up right-hander Kevin Gausman to replace Jimenez.

In 18 starts this season, Jimenez has a 3-8 record with a 4.52 ERA. He is in his first season with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract during the winter.

Injuries have not been an issue for Jimenez in the past. His only stint on the disabled list came in 2011 when he cut a finger. Otherwise, he has made at least 31 starts in each season since 2008.

The 23-year-old Gausman has a 3.51 ERA in six starts covering 33 1/3 innings this season.

CANADIAN YANK

The New York Yankees acquired veteran left-hander Jeff Francis and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later.

Francis, 33, is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) with Oakland this season.

In his major-league career, Francis is 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA over 238 appearances (217 starts) with the Colorado Rockies (2004-10, 2012-13), Kansas City Royals (2011), Cincinnati Reds (2014) and A’s (2014).

Also, the Yankees recalled right-hander Matt Daley from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated right-hander Jim Miller for assignment.

In 12 relief appearances with the Yankees this season, Daley has a 4.85 ERA. Miller has allowed six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

CARDS CLAIM KOTTARAS

The St. Louis Cardinals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

The Cardinals needed depth at catcher after losing Yadier Molina 2-3 months due to a torn thumb ligament.

Kottaras, 31, owns a .216 career batting mark with 32 homers and 100 RBIs in 305 games between Boston (2008-09), Milwaukee (2010-12), Oakland (2102), Kansas City (2013) and Cleveland (2014).

The left-handed hitting Kottaras was batting .286 with three home runs and four RBIs in 10 games for the Indians this season. Kottaras, who had been designated for assignment by Cleveland on Monday, also appeared in 14 games for Columbus of the International League.

The Cardinals also activated right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly (left hamstring) from the 60-day disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons to triple-A Memphis. Left-hander Jaime Garcia was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Kelly, who was leading the National League with his 0.59 ERA at the time of his injury April 16, is scheduled to start Friday night’s series opener in Milwaukee.

TANAKA SORRY

Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka apologized Friday to the New York Yankees, his teammates and fans for being sidelined by a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.

Tanaka, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, will initially attempt non-surgical intervention that includes a platelet-rich plasma injection before starting a throwing program.

On Friday, Tanaka released a statement on his injury:

“As recently announced from the team, I will be going through some treatment and rehab on my injured elbow over the next several weeks. I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love. Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.

“I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time. I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible.”

The Yankees said Tanaka could return in six weeks but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.


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