Reds pitcher Mike Leake was arrested on a shoplifting charge at a downtown Cincinnati department store Monday, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of $59.88.
The 23-year-old starter was booked at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. It carries a maximum of 180 days in jail.
Police arrest reports said Leake removed the price tags from six American Rag T-shirts at a Macy’s store and tried to leave without paying for them. Leake makes $425,000 in his second season in the majors.
The right-hander helped the Reds get started toward their NL Central title, going 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 22 starts and two relief appearances. The Reds shut him down at 138 innings, not wanting to hurt his arm by pushing him too far as a rookie.
The Reds have been relying on Leake again this season while they get through shoulder injuries to starters Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey, who are on rehab stints in the minors and could return by the end of the month. Leake has made three starts, going 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA.
TEXAS DEMOTES MARK LOWE
Struggling reliever Mark Lowe was optioned to the minor leagues by the Texas Rangers, clearing a roster spot to reinstate Colby Lewis from Major League Baseball’s paternity leave list.
Lowe was sent to Triple-A Round Rock after allowing four runs in 22/3 innings (13.50 ERA) with one strikeout and one walk in four appearances this season.
Lowe came to Texas from Seattle with Cliff Lee in a trade in July.
NEXT TIME GET A MANICURE, BUDDY
The Colorado Rockies jumped out to the best start in baseball, and now they’re getting their best pitcher back.
Ace Ubaldo Jimenez comes off the 15-day disabled list today, and he’ll face the San Francisco Giants and lefty Jonathan Sanchez in the middle game of a three-game series.
Jimenez went on the DL after an awful opener, the culprit a cut cuticle on his pitching thumb that prevented him from getting oomph on his fastball and spin on his breaking pitches.
The Baltimore Orioles purchased the contract of reliever Clay Rapada and put former Mariners right-hander Chris Jakubauskas (groin) on the 15-day disabled list. … Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon was kept out of the lineup against the Chicago White Sox because of an injured left hand. … The Oakland Athletics put lefty Dallas Braden (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list and transferred right-hander pitcher Rich Harden (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. … The Toronto Blue Jays traded left-hander David Purcey to Oakland in a deal to reacquire right-hander Daniel Farquhar. The 28-year-old Purcey had an 11.57 ERA in five games and 2 innings, allowing four walks and three hits. … Yankees left-hander Pedro Feliciano will put off shoulder surgery for at least 11/2 months.