Why didn't Tejada or Palmeiro just ask the team trainer?

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

The apparent clearing of Miguel Tejada -- as a possible accomplice to Rafael Palmeiro -- raises more questions than it answers.

Exactly why a ball player found it necessary to purchase Vitamin B-12 in the Dominican Republic and the accompanying syringes to inject himself is open to speculation. Exactly why he passed a fresh syringe on to Palmeiro is another matter entirely.

If vitamins were all Tejada -- or, for that matter, Palmeiro -- was looking for, a team doctor, a personal physician or any trainer would be capable of taking care of his B-12 shots.

This much we know: Palmeiro injected steroids sometime this baseball season. This much we know: Tejada provided him with a syringe.

Does this smack of a baseball coverup? Maybe.

As with all steroid stories, the answers are never clear ... or cream.

THIS AND THAT

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HEAR AND THERE

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