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Reds pitcher Mike Leake had his legal charges reduced from theft to unauthorized use of property on Friday.
Leake was accepted into a diversion program.
He pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court to the reduced charge. The theft is a Misdemeanor 1, and the reduced charge is a Misdemeanor 4.
Leake, 23, was arrested April 18 at the downtown Macy's and charged with theft, accused of stealing six T-shirts valued at $59.88.
"I just need to apologize to the Reds, to the Castellinis, to Walt (Jocketty), to anyone in the office that I forgot, to the players and my family," Leake said. "I sincerely apologize to them for putting all this pressure on them and the drama that I've caused."
Mike Leake got razzed by a few fans during his first appearance since a shoplifting arrest, but ignored the nasty signs and gave the Reds a much-needed boost Thursday, going seven innings for a 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks, according to an Associated Press report.
Reds pitcher Mike Leake will remain in the starting rotation despite his recent arrest for misdemeanor shoplifting.
Leake was arrested on Monday afternoon at a downtown department store, accused of removing the tags from six T-shirts and trying to steal them.
Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker decided to keep Leake as his starter for the final game of a series against Arizona on Thursday.
"We talked about how he felt and could he handle the pressures of it, and he said yeah," Baker said. "Sometimes when you're in times of trouble, it's easier to go to work than to not go to work.
"I remember when Pete Rose was having problems at home -- his dad passed -- I asked Pete how he was dealing with it. He said those three or four hours at the park were a sanctuary from his problems. When the game was over, the same problems were there. So hopefully this will be a sanctuary from what transpired this week."
Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman threw a pitch on Monday night that registered 106 mph on the scoreboard, but was clocked at 103 on another pitch tracker.
"He was rested," manager Dusty Baker said. "When you throw 106 miles an hour, not a whole bunch is wrong with you."
Chapman had been shut down for three days with some mild shoulder inflammation.
"We've got such a long way to go," Baker said. "I'm not going to take any unnecessary chances and push them."
Reds pitcher Mike Leake was arrested on a shoplifting charge at a downtown department store Monday, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of $59.88.
The 23-year-old starter was booked at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. It carries a maximum of 180 days in jail.
He was arrested about two hours before Cincinnati pitchers were expected at Great American Ball Park to take batting practice before the final game of a series against Pittsburgh.
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