Documents pertaining to Rafael Palmeiro's positive steroid test result were delivered by Major League Baseball on Friday morning to the House Government Reform Committee, which is investigating whether the Baltimore Orioles first baseman committed perjury when he testified in March that he never used steroids.
"By early or the middle of next week we'll have a sense of what the timing is," one source close to the committee said. "It's hard to say at this point. To get an understanding of it could take a little time."
There are "several hundred pages" of documents, according to the source, that the committee will review starting this weekend. The committee met from 10-11 a.m. on Friday morning to devise a plan to examine the documents. As of Friday evening, the committee had not yet begun looking at all the paperwork, which was requested at the end of last week.
Chairman Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) and ranking minority member Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) have declined to comment until the committee finishes its investigation.
"I'm happy that it's started and hopefully it will be over soon," Palmeiro said.
It's uncertain at this point whether the committee will release any information contained in the documents.
Remember the Maine?
Pitcher John Maine was recalled from Class AAA Ottawa and will start Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Maine was 6-11 with a 4.56 ERA for Ottawa. Last season Maine gave up four earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his only major league start.
"Last year didn't go how I planned," Maine said. "Hopefully it will get better."