Two pitchers get charges reduced

Florida pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead were arrested late Sunday night, but their charges have been reduced, according to the Gainesville Sun.

The two left-handers were arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for criminal trespassing after climbing into a crane at a construction site on the University of Florida campus. Early Monday night, the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu reported that the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor trespassing.

The two pitchers were suspended indefinitely when the incident occurred, but the reduction in the charge could allow them to rejoin the team soon. Florida travels to Mississippi State this weekend.

Puk struggled on the mound this season and was recently pushed to a bullpen role. At 6-3 with a 5.87 ERA, the 6-7 left-hander has put together two strong outings out of the bullpen and could be used in that role behind some of Florida’s right-handed starting pitchers to provide a different look to opposing hitters.

After finishing third on the team in ERA last season, Snead’s sophomore season has gone in a different direction. He is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 13 appearances this season.

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