Indians Outfielder arrested on suspected DUI charge

Clevland’s outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was arrested early Monday morning in the Cleveland suburb of Sheffield Lake on charges of driving under the influence.

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. “We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it. The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously, and we are disappointed in the matter. “We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment at this time.”

The Right Fielder has a hearing on Thursday at 5pm EST  at the Sheffield Lake Mayor’s Court.

“I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians organization for the attention stemming from this matter,” Choo said in a statement. “However, I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball. Since this is a legal matter, I look forward to it being resolved within the court system as soon as possible.”

According to the official police report, a breathalyzer test performed at the Sheffield Lake station determined Choo’s blood-alcohol level to be .2. Prior to being transported to the police station, Choo also failed a handful of field sobriety tests.


Leake arrested for theft

Cincinnati Red’s pitcher Mike Leake is arrested for a department store theft yesterday.  He is accused of stealing six shirts that had a value of $59.88 total.

The team issused two statments on behalf of Mr. Leake.

“On behalf of the Cincinnati Reds organization, at this time we are advised to not publicly address this matter because of the pending legal proceedings,” the Reds statement read. “However, we do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally.”

“Today, Mike Leake was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of theft from the Macy’s store downtown,” read the statement. “Right now, he has been advised by his attorney to offer no further statements on this matter. This case will proceed in the justice system, where Mike’s story will be told. Until that time, there will be nothing further from Mike on this episode until the court proceedings have concluded. However, Mike wishes to apologize to his family, the fans, Mr. [Bob] Castellini, Walt [Jocketty], Dusty [Baker], his teammates and the entire Reds organization for this distraction.”

Leake has had two starts this season with a 2-0 record and a 5.40 ERA. He was picked up in 2009 as the 8th round pick in the first-year player draft.

Leake has no other criminal record.