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Soto gives emotional apology to teammates

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Geovany Soto delivered an emotional apology to his teammates in a clubhouse meeting prior to Saturday's game with the Angels.

Soto, who has been on the disabled list since undergoing surgery on his right knee at the end of Spring Training, was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Grapevine and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Soto released a public apology through the Rangers on Friday but spoke in front of the team on Saturday afternoon.

"He was great," manager Ron Washington said. "I think it should just be for the ears inside the clubhouse but he was great. He's a pro. I hope he's ready to get past this."

Soto is currently assigned to Double-A Frisco on a medical rehabilitation assignment. The Rangers were planning on him being activated on Friday at the start of the second half, but there has been no word on how this will impact that plan.

Soto's situation will be forwarded to a treatment board consisting of representatives from Major League Baseball and the Players Association.

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

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