MLB notes: Brian Cashman's mistress says he knew about New York Yankees using PEDs

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks on his cellphone during batting practice...

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman talks on his cellphone during batting practice October 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

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Brian Cashman’s alleged mistress claims the New York Yankees general manager revealed to her he knew several of his players used steroids.

According to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News, Louise Meanwell claims that during a 10-month affair with Cashman he told her he “knew of Yankee clubhouse steroid use by various Yankee players by name.”

Cashman also allegedly said he “was ambivalent to the use of performance enhancement drugs so long as nothing came back to the Yankee organization.”

By filing, Meanwell can now be called to the stand in Rodriguez’s legal showdown with MLB and the Yankees as he fights a 211-game suspension.

That may present a legal conflict of interest, Meanwell claims, because her lawyer, Stephen Turano, is a partner of Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina. Turano is representing Meanwell in a New Jersey case.

Tacopina insisted there isn’t any conflict because Turano isn’t representing Meanwell through their Manhattan-based firm.

“I have never spoken to Stephen Turano about her,” Tacopina said.

“This is an egregiously frivolous motion and it will be met with appropriate force.”

Meanwell is accused of violating probation in New Jersey for allegedly extorting a Hoboken man.

She is also due for a pre-trial appearance in Manhattan on Tuesday for her alleged attempt to shake down Cashman for $15,000 last year.

Meanwell is charged with perjury, harassment, grand larceny, stalking and other related charges.

BRAUN SOUGHT SUPPORT

Some MLB players may have more reasons to be upset at Ryan Braun than his steroid use.

While the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder was appealing a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2012, he called on fellow players to support his case, according to ESPN.

Braun told them the man who collected his urine sample, Dino Laurenzi Jr., was an anti-Semite and a fan of the rival Chicago Cubs.

Fearing he may lose the appeal, Braun privately called players to get support. However, he ended up winning.

Braun accepted a 65-game ban in connection with the Biogenesis PEDs scandal last month.

A Braun representative released a statement regarding the issue: “Ryan isn’t currently commenting on anything –- rumor or reality –- related to his arbitration process or his suspension. He has acknowledged his mistakes, accepted his punishment, and is beginning to make amends and will comment at an appropriate time.”

TEJADA LINKED TO BIOGENESIS

Major League Baseball may have put the squeeze on Miguel Tejada to ensure the Kansas City Royals infielder would accept a 105-game suspension handed down last week.

Tejada was officially suspended for amphetamine use, but according to ESPN the league threatened greater punishment if he appealed because he was allegedly a customer of the Biogenesis clinic.

It was the third time Tejada tested positive for amphetamines in his career. He has been linked to steroid use since being named in the Mitchell Report and, in 2009, pled guilty to misleading Congress. He has admitted to purchasing human growth hormone in the past but claimed to never use it.

BRIEFLY

Brian Wilson’s comeback is official. The Los Angeles Dodgers activated the ex-San Francisco Giants closer for Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins ... Albert Pujols’ season is over, according to MLB.com. The Los Angeles Angels slugger has been on the disabled list since July with a partially torn plantar fascia ... The Washington Nationals acquired David DeJesus from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later, according to CSNWashington.com.


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