Neagle hasn't pitched in more than a year

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle was
cited Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute after a woman
in his car said he paid her $40 for oral sex, police said.

Neagle, who has not pitched in more than a year because of
injuries, was pulled over at about 1:30 a.m. in this west Denver
suburb after an officer saw his white Cadillac Escalade speeding,
police spokesman Steve Davis said.

After the officer asked Neagle why his belt was unbuckled, the
woman said Neagle had paid her for sex, Davis said.

No phone numbers were available for Neagle or his agent, Barry

Rockies President Keli McGregor issued a statement calling the
allegation "extremely serious" and said the team was still
gathering information.

Davis said the woman, Jill Russell, 40, of Denver was issued a
citation on a charge of prostitution. Her phone number wasn't

Neither Neagle nor Russell was taken into custody because the
charges were minor misdemeanors, Davis said.

Neagle was issued a court for summons for Jan. 27 and Russell
for Jan. 13.

Neagle, 36, last pitched on July 20, 2003. In the past 14
months, he has undergone elbow ligament surgery and elective
shoulder surgery.

Neagle signed a five-year, $51.5 million contract with the
Rockies in 2000 that includes a team option for 2006. He is set to
make $10 million next year, with a $9 million buyout.

He is married and has three children.

In 2003, Neagle pleaded guilty to driving while impaired after
his Hummer struck another vehicle.