By C. Trent Rosecrans
"There was consideration," Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters, including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "We talked about how he felt and could he handle the pressure of it. He said, 'yeah.' Sometimes in times of trouble, it's easier to go to work than not go to work."
Earlier on Tuesday, Leake appeared in court Tuesday and requested to be put in a diversionary program that would have his record wiped clean, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds started was arrested on Monday after cameras caught him stealing $59.98 worth of shirts at a downtown Macy's store in Cincinnati. According to the newspaper, Leake had $250 in cash, two Visas and a Master Card on him when he was arrested.
If Leake is approved for the diversion program, he would have to admit guilt and pay the program fee of $200. He would have to check in monthly over a period of three to six months. He would also likely have to take classes to address the crime, in this case theft, and could also be made to serve community service and require counseling.
Leake has yet to speak to the media, but is expected to speak following Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.