Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jino Gonzalez Released

Jino GonzalezPer Marc Topkin:
Other players released recently from minor-league camp include INF Chase Fontaine, who was acquired form Atlanta in January 2008 with Willy Aybar for LHP Jeff Ridgway (who was released by the Braves this week), LHP Jino Gonzalez, INF Patrick Cottrell and INF Michael Ross.
We already knew about the others, but Gonzalez is apparently officially released now too. You may remember Gonzalez, the Rays 46th round pick in the 2002 draft who pitched for the Montgomery Biscuits (AA) last year, was arrested January 4th at Tampa International Airport. He was charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm and released the same day on a $2,000 surety bond. The Court's docket indicates he has entered Florida's pretrial intervention (PTI) program, which means if he successfully completes the requirements of the program, the charge will be dismissed. There are some risks to PTI, but let's hope he is successful in both the program and his future baseball career.

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