Rangers' Soto arrested for marijuana possession

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list all season and is currently on medical rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Frisco, was arrested Wednesday evening in Grapevine, Texas, on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

"I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night," Soto said in a statement released by the Rangers. "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 this time."

The Rangers also released a statement saying, "The Rangers organization is aware of Wednesday night's incident involving Geovany Soto. 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 on-going case, this is the only comment we will have at this time."

According to the Dallas Morning News, Soto was charged with possession of under two ounces of marijuana. He is free on $500 bail.

Marijuana is listed as a drug of abuse under the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Agreement. Soto will be referred to a treatment board for evaluation.

Soto, who had surgery on his right knee at the end of Spring Training, played Thursday for Frisco and was 1-for-3. He had been transferred to Frisco after playing in five games at Triple-A Round Rock and going 0-for-16.

The Rangers are tentatively planning to activate Soto off the disabled list after the All-Star break.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.