Friday, August 20, 2010

Phillies prospect arrested for cocaine possession

Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies, who was acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, was arrested early Friday morning in Pinellas County, Fla. on a felony charge of possession of cocaine.

Gillies, 21, was arrested by Pinellas County Sheriff's officers at 1:10 a.m., and was released at 10:52 am. on $2,000 bond.

Gillies was playing for the Phillies' Double-A affiliate in Reading, Pa., but had not played for the R-Phils in two months due to an injured left hamstring.  He was in Clearwater on a rehabilitation assignment.

"The Phillies have confirmed that Tyson Gillies was charged today on a drug possession charge arising out of an incident that was alleged to have occurred in June," the team said in a statement. "Because this is an open  case, we will not comment further at this time."

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