Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reported yesterday that Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Alex White was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports say that White was arrested by Scottsdale police around 9:15 p.m. Saturday evening and released from jail just before 11 p.m. White has since issued a public apology, noting that he’s “completely embarrassed” by the whole situation.
Following his arrest, White told the Rockies that he had two drinks while at a social gathering before he was pulled over. The official breathalyzer results have not yet been announced, and the arresting officer only told White that he blew a number above the legal limit of 0.08.
Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said that the club is not going to discipline White with a suspension or fine, noting that “there has been enough punishment dealt on this one”. By this he means the embarrassment White has caused himself and his family. O’Dowd added that he and the Rockies do not believe White has a problem with alcohol abuse.
Hopefully this isn’t the start of another spree of DUI’s like Major League Baseball faced at the beginning of the 2011 season. By the beginning of last May, six major leaguers had been arrested for alcohol related offenses, including; Miguel Cabrera, Adam Kennedy, Coco Crisp, Derek Lowe, Shin-Soo Choo and Austin Kearns.
White becomes the second young Rockies pitcher to be arrested this year. Drew Pomeranz, who was sent along with White to the Rockies in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez last summer, was arrested in October for disturbing the peace after leaving a bar with friends.
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