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Pirates’ Closer Felipe Vazquez arrested and charged with solicitation of a child

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Earlier this afternoon, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported disturbing details regarding the charges and arrest of Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer, Felipe Vazquez.

Vazquez has been placed on administrative leave and the Pirates have released a the following statement:

“Today we were made aware of an active law enforcement investigation involving Felipe Vázquez and his subsequent arrest. We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously. We have informed the Commissioner’s Office of the investigation and arrest. The Commissioner’s Office will immediately place Felipe Vázquez on Administrative Leave (and, as a result, Restricted List) pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy. We need to be respectful to all involved and the ongoing legal proceeding. As a result, the organization, our staff and players cannot comment any further at this time.”

More details to come.