04/02/12 3:10 PM ET
Braves reliever Martinez arrested for DUI
By / MLB.com
Martinez, 30, was charged with DUI with more than 0.10 percent blood alcohol, an improper lane change and impeding the flow of traffic. The legal blood-alcohol level in Georgia is .08.
The Braves released a statement Monday, saying: "We were very concerned to learn of the arrest of Cristhian Martinez in Gwinnett County this morning. We will require him to be evaluated by an independent professional, as provided for in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Until we learn further details and have all the facts, we will withhold further comment at this time."
Martinez was booked at 4:24 a.m. ET on Monday morning and released at 10:41 a.m, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's website. His bond was set at $1,501 for the DUI and $63 for each of the other two charges.
Martinez left Braves camp early, along with several of his fellow pitchers, to return home and prepare for Tuesday night's exhibition contest against the Braves' Minor League "Futures" squad at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
The right-hander earned a spot in Atlanta's bullpen heading into the season, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out 13 batters in 13 innings of work this spring.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez echoed the team's official statement Monday, saying he would wait to learn all the details regarding the incident before making any further decisions about Martinez.
"It's just disappointing," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure he made a mistake and all that kind of stuff, but as an organization, we don't like our name in the paper behind that kind of stuff. He'll get an earful tomorrow."
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