Former Major Leaguer Jack Clark, fired from his gig as a St. Louis radio show host for alleging that Albert Pujols was using performance-enhancing drugs, lashed out at his former employer Sunday.
"I'm still trying to get my knife out of my back from the radio station, the way that was handled," Clark told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "They did not allow us to go ahead and talk about it, talk to callers. They made us lie and say the phones weren't working."
Clark and his on-air partner, Kevin Slaten, were let go Saturday morning by CBS Sports 920, not long after Clark said on air that Pujols' personal trainer once told him the Los Angeles Angels slugger was juicing. The trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, denied telling Clark that Pujols was using PEDs and said he hadn't talked to the retired 18-year slugger for close to a decade.
"I stand by what I said," Clark said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm doing something for sure."
Slaten, for his part, insists he's planning on suing the station's owners, insideSTL Enterprises, for wrongful dismissal.
insideSTL Enterprises issued a statement distancing it from Clark's comments.
BALCO BOSS MET WITH A-ROD
BALCO founder Victor Conte told the New York Daily News that he met with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez last year about obtaining legal supplements.
Rodriguez tried to arrange a meeting with Conte in Los Angeles or New York through former NFL player Bill Romanowski, but Conte declined. However, the two showed up at Conte's office in May 2012.
"I flushed it out with Romo before they ever showed up at the office," Conte said. "I clearly told Romo it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement."
Conte said he met with Major League Baseball's department of investigations for two hours last week, telling investigators that Rodriguez came to his office uninvited in the hopes of finding legal supplements.
Conte went to prison in 2005 for supplying several world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs. He now runs Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.
GARCIA ADDED TO DEAL
The Texas Rangers traded infielder Laury Garcia to the Chicago White Sox Sunday to complete the deal that sent outfielder Alex Rios to the Lone Star State.
Rios was traded for a player to be named later, which turned out to be Garcia. The 22-year-old primarily plays shortstop but has also seen time at second base and the outfield.
This season with triple-A Round Rock, Garcia has hit .264 with four homers and 12 stolen bases in 47 games.
METS MAY DL HEFNER
Already demoted to the minors, New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner might instead be headed for a stint on the disabled list.
The Mets sent Hefner to triple-A Las Vegas Sunday but he's scheduled to have tests done on his right elbow Monday. If he's injured, he'll be put on the DL instead of going to Vegas.
Hefner is 4-8 with a 4.34 earned-run average this season.
The Mets also activated starter Jonathan Niese from the DL.
The Arizona Diamondbacks called up third baseman Matt Davidson from triple-A Reno. Davidson, the MVP of the Futures Game in New York, is one of the top prospects in baseball. The Diamondbacks also sent reliever David Hernandez to Reno and called up reliever Eury De La Rosa ... The Kansas City Royals put infielder Miguel Tejada on the DL with a strained right calf. Tejada was hurt Saturday against the Boston Red Sox ... The Royals acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Carroll, 39, has played third base, second and shortstop.
-- with files from Sun wire services