Pirates reliever Yates arrested, but charges dropped

Team says family abuse charge stemmed from parents' disagreement

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Reliever Tyler Yates, recently re-signed by the Pirates, was arrested Dec. 30 in his native Hawaii on a family abuse charge, but police there have dropped both of the related charges against him.

The other charge was for property damage, and the bail following the arrest was $1,000, according to a report this morning in The Garden Island, a newspaper on the island of Kauai where Yates lives. The newspaper gave no other details of the incident.

The Pirates tonight issued a statement that described the incident as "stemming from a disagreement between [Yates'] parents at his home in Hawaii," with no other details except that Yates' wife, Liezel, and daughter, Kamryn, "were in no way involved in this matter."

The statement continued: "We were made aware of the incident and assured by Tyler that the charges were not justified. As anticipated, all charges against Tyler have since been dropped. The manner in which our players represent the Pirates organization on and off the field is something we take very seriously. We are completely satisfied with Tyler in this matter and respect his family's privacy."

The Pirates declined further comment.

Yates, contacted tonight by phone at the Pirates' training facility in Bradenton, Fla., also declined comment, saying only that the team's statement would speak for him.

Yates, a 32-year-old right-hander, missed most of last season to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after posting a 7.50 ERA in 15 appearances. On Jan. 4, the Pirates re-signed him to a minor league contract with a $975,000 salary if he makes the team. That was five days after the arrest.

Yates began a throwing program this afternoon in Bradenton, tossing from 45 feet, and pronounced his arm as "feeling good." He is not expected to pitch competitively until May or June.

Check the PG's PBC Blog for details, updates. Dejan Kovacevic can be reached at dkovacevic@post-gazette.com .


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