Salem's Koby Clemens arrested
Roger Clemens' son one of three Class A players in fight
CHICAGO -- Three Astros prospects, including catcher Koby Clemens, were arrested early Sunday morning, Astros assistant general manager Ricky Bennett confirmed Monday morning.
Clemens, first baseman Mark Ori and catcher Jimmy Goethals were arrested after several members of the Salem Avalanche baseball team spent Saturday night at a popular Salem restaurant, according to the Roanoke Times, which first reported the story.
Clemens and Ori were charged with disorderly conduct and Goethals with assault and battery. All three were taken to the Roanoke County-Salem Jail before being released on bond, according to the Roanoke Times, reciting a release from the Salem police.
The players have a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday, at which time Bennett said the team will take disciplinary action.
"I'm still in the process of trying to gather information of what took place," said Bennett, who is with the Astros in Chicago. "I talked to the players and the staff. The feedback and information we get from the court appearance will decide what disciplinary action we'll take."
The Avalanche ends its season today with an afternoon game in Lynchburg. The players arrested did not play Sunday and will not play today, either.
The Avalanche commutes to nearby Lynchburg for games, so they were home after Saturday's game. Several players, according to the Roanoke Times, went to Mac and Bob's Restaurant on East Main Street.
The news release said police were dispatched to a disturbance in the restaurant's parking lot at 2 a.m. on Sunday and found approximately 50 people in the lot.
The release did not give details about the events that led to the arrests. It stated that Clemens and Ori were arrested on the scene, and Goethals was charged "after an employee of the restaurant obtained a warrant for his arrest" from the Roanoke County/Salem magistrate's office.
Clemens is the son of Roger Clemens, who pitched for the Astros from 2004-06 and is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for claims he made regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs during his 24-year career.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.