May 15, 2012
MLB notes: Wife was afraid McNamee would take rap
By QMI AGENCY
Brian McNamee testified Tuesday he stashed medical waste after injecting Roger Clemens with illegal performance-enhancing drugs because his wife was afraid he would end up taking the blame.
McNamee said he injected Clemens with human growth hormone and anabolic steroids on multiple occasions from 1998 to 2001.
McNamee kept some of the drug waste in August 2001 to ease his wife's concerns.
"She'd say, 'You're going to go down, you're going to go down,' " McNamee, 45, told jurors.
Prosecutors are using the paraphernalia to try to prove Clemens, 49, lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied using PEDs.
RAMIREZ DUE BACK MAY 30
Manny Ramirez turns 40 on May 30, the day he intends to be back in a big-league uniform.
The Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday that the veteran outfielder/designated hitter would report Saturday to triple-A Sacramento. Ramirez would spend 10 days with Sacramento, then join the A's on May 30 when his drug suspension also ends.
Ramirez played just five games last season for the Tampa Bay Rays before retiring in the wake of a positive drug test.
STRASBURG HOT AND COLD
Usually, pitcher Stephen Strasburg is hot stuff.
But on Tuesday, some Hot Stuff -- an analgesic ointment -- apparently ended up on the pitcher's jock and may have led to the Washington Nationals' 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
"Some Hot Stuff got misplaced," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told the Washington Post after the game. "It was on his shoulder and evidently -- I don't know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least."
Strasburg didn't offer any insight as to how it happened.
"Yeah, you know, I'm going to keep that in the clubhouse," said Strasburg, who lasted just four innings, the second-shortest start of is career.
The product's website said it is "great for warming muscles before play" but is "not recommended for use with additional heat source or on sensitive skin."
JAY'S SHOULDER ACTING UP
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of recurring issues with a sprained right shoulder.
Jay was injured after hitting the outfield wall during a game April 19. He missed six games and returned April 27. However, during the past week he has felt discomfort again.
The 27-year-old is hitting .343 with two homers and eight RBI this season.
The Cardinals have recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from triple-A Memphis.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hopes to return soon as he deals with scratches on both eyes. Freeman has been taking antibiotics but his left eye still was inflamed Tuesday. Freeman, who wears contacts, thinks the problem occurred in Colorado last week when the wind was blowing dust in his eyes ... Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after recovering from a sore wrist. Morneau is batting .230 with four homers and nine RBI in 20 games. Minnesota optioned first baseman Chris Parmelee to triple-A Rochester ... Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is slated to join triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday for a brief rehab assignment. Youkilis, out since April 29 with a back strain, is expected to be a designated hitter Wednesday, play in the field Thursday and rejoin the Red Sox on Friday ... The New York Yankees have placed relief pitcher David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Cody Eppley ... The Oakland Athletics have claimed pitcher Travis Blackley off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.