Spring Training Notebook
Union Chief Donald Fehr Says Baseball Has 'Fixed' the Steroid Problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Baseball union head Donald Fehr began his annual tour of spring training camps yesterday with steroids back in the spotlight, even though he says the sport has "fixed the problem" since the 2003 survey that led to a report Alex Rodriguez tested positive.
Fehr said he doesn't think Commissioner Bud Selig will take disciplinary action against Rodriguez, who admitted Feb. 9 that he used a banned substance from 2001 to '03. Rodriguez made the admission two days after Sports Illustrated reported he was on a list of 104 players who tested positive in the 2003 survey. Selig said Rodriguez shamed the sport.
"The commissioner is entitled to say whatever the commissioner wants to say," Fehr said after meeting with Marlins players. "Everybody understands that there were things which happened in the early part of the decade which we wish hadn't; that that's not the case anymore. We fixed the problem and we need to look forward, as Bud has said many times."
· BLUE JAYS: Center fielder Vernon Wells has a left hamstring injury that could sideline him for most of spring training.
Wells was hurt during drills yesterday. It's the same hamstring that kept him out for a month last season. The two-time all-star was scheduled for an MRI exam late in the day and the team was waiting for results.
· RED SOX: Brad Penny felt fine after throwing batting practice for the first time in spring training.
Penny threw 30 pitches and said the session answered a lot of questions for him, both mentally and physically. His 2008 season with the Dodgers was cut short by shoulder problems, and Boston signed him as a free agent.
· CARDINALS: Brendan Ryan's pursuit of a starting job with St. Louis is being slowed by tendinitis in his right wrist.
The 26-year-old infielder is among several players seeking the regular role at second base, but he could also see playing time this season at shortstop and third base. He fielded grounders yesterday but doesn't expect to swing a bat until Friday at the earliest.
· WBC: Former major league third baseman Corey Koskie will play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Koskie has been working out in Fort Myers, Fla., with the Twins, the team he played for from 1999 to 2004.
· COURTS: A federal judge has ordered Barry Bonds's personal trainer, Greg Anderson, to court to disclose whether he intends to testify at the slugger's trial next month.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston scheduled a hearing for tomorrow morning and ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to inform Anderson and provide him with transportation, if needed.