Cincinnati Reds infielder Ryan Freel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a drunk-driving charge he received hours after his team's season-opening game.

Police arrested Freel in the northern Kentucky community of Bellevue, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, on Monday night after the Reds beat the New York Mets 7-6.

The former Toronto Blue Jays infielder was charged with drunken driving, careless driving and having an open container in a motor vehicle.

Freel was arraigned Wednesday morning and allowed to remain free on the $500 US bail that was posted early Tuesday. The judge scheduled a May 10 pre-trial hearing.

The Reds have declined to comment on the situation while legal proceedings are taking place.

Freel, a utility infielder with the Reds, appeared in 143 games with the Reds last season in his first full campaign at the major-league level.

He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 1995 draft and played nine games with Toronto in 2001.

with files from Canadian Press