Former MLB pitcher Irabu arrested

Updated: May 25, 2010, 1:20 PM ET
Associated Press

GARDENA, Calif. -- Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was arrested for alleged drunken driving in suburban Los Angeles.

Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast says Irabu was stopped May 17 when officers saw him drifting outside traffic lanes and he nearly collided with a parked car.

Records show the 41-year-old Irabu, who lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, posted $5,000 bail.

Prendergast says prosecutors will decide what specific charge will be filed against Irabu when results of his blood test are received in about a month.

Irabu pitched for the Yankees, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers from 1997 to 2002.

He returned to Japan and the Kochi Fighting Dogs in 2009 before suffering a knee injury.

An attorney for Irabu could not be located and there is no phone listing for him.

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