Twins' Liriano charged with DUI
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano was arrested by the Cape Coral Police Department early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence.
Liriano was pulled over at 1:58 a.m. after leaving a Cape Coral bar. He was driving alone at the time. The Web site of the Lee County Sheriff's office said he was booked at 5:33 a.m. and was released at 10:01 a.m. on a $500 bond. He's scheduled to appear in county court at 1 p.m. on Apr. 17.
A police report was not available as of Friday morning, so his blood alcohol level was unavailable, but the Twins alerted the media to the situation Friday morning before their game against Pittsburgh.
"I feel like I made a mistake and I have to pay for it,'' a nervous Liriano said. "I have to be responsible for what I did. I’m really sorry for what happend.... I made a big mistake.''
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the club will stand behind Liriano but hopes he and other players understand how serious the matter is and learn from it. Liriano will not be suspended or fined. and it will not affect his on-field status with the club.
"This is serious and we are obviously embarrassed about it, as is he,'' Ryan said. "We’re going to let the letter of the law take effect here and see what the consequences are and so forth.
"We’re going to stand behind him. He made a mistake. He is a young man. I am embarassed about it. It puts us in a bad spot.''