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Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels outfielder, takes leave of absence from team to deal with teen son's arrest

Torii Hunter (48) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning on May 8, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

File photo of Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels reacting to striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning on May 8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) ANAHEIM, Calif. - Baseball player Torii Hunter was placed on the Los Angeles Angels' restricted list indefinitely on Monday after his 17-year-old son was arrested in Texas in a sexual assault case.

Hunter's family lives in Prosper, a suburb north of Dallas, Texas, where a news release announced that Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five arrested after a monthlong investigation of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez confirmed to The Associated Press that McClinton-Hunter is indeed Torii Hunter's son. Angels' manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Hunter left the team but refused to say for how long.

"It's a personal matter," Scioscia told the AP. "We're going to go day-to-day, and we'll just see where it is. That's all I'm going to say."

Ryan Langerhans has been called up to replace Hunter on the roster, but Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos are most likely to absorb Hunter's playing time.

The 36-year-old veteran outfielder and four-time All-Star flew back to California with the Angels on Sunday night but sat out the game against the Rangers. Hunter left Angel Stadium several hours before Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

"This is very tough for a father," Hunter tweeted after leaving Angel Stadium. "Thanks for ur prayers and support. Be Blessed everyone."

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