Jordan Schafer, who was traded from the Braves to the Astros in July as part of the Michael Bourn deal, was arrested last night in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.
According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times the arrest took place shortly after midnight at The Cheesecake Factory, which some might consider the most embarrassing part of the story for Schafer.
He was released on $2,000 bond a few hours later and “declined to give police the name of his employer,” which while silly is probably better than pulling the oft-used “do you know who I am?” card.
As a minor leaguer Schafer was suspended 50 games in 2008 after testing positive for human growth hormone. He missed most of last season with injuries and the 25-year-old outfielder hit just .242 with a .624 OPS in 82 games split between the Braves and Astros this season.
UPDATE: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has a few more details, including the fact that Schafer was stopped “after pulling up next to an unmarked police vehicle” with the “passenger’s side windows partially down with a ‘strong odor of marijuana’ coming from the vehicle. Oh, and according to the police report he had a joint in his hand. So yeah, that’s a pretty good way to guarantee an arrest.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”