Lawyer indicates Bonds trainer won't testify
Barry Bonds's personal trainer is likely to tell a federal judge in San Francisco Friday that he has no plans to testify at the home run king's trial on charges he lied when he told a grand jury he didn't knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Greg Anderson had been scheduled to appear before US District Judge Susan Illston today to tell her whether he would break his silence. The hearing was postponed until Friday at the request of Anderson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, who is busy with another trial.
The judge granted the request yesterday.
"Greg and I will be there and I don't expect anything has changed," Geragos said. "I believe Greg is firm in his commitment" to not testify.
Anderson already has spent a year in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury about his relationship with Bonds.
Geragos said he believes the government wants to put Anderson in custody again.
"There is no authority for him to be placed in jail again," Geragos said. "You can't just put people in jail because you want to."
The game against Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., will be his first since admitting he used a banned substance while playing for Texas from 2001-03. He's used to playing before hostile fans.
"I've had good practice the last eight years," Rodriguez said. "No expectations. Hopefully I get three good at-bats and get some good running in."
Rodriguez expects to meet soon with investigators from Major League Baseball, which wants to speak with him before he joins the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic.
"I'm just waiting to hear from somebody," Rodriguez said.