Pujols feud over PED accusation continues

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures towards the New York Yankees dugout after hitting a...

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures towards the New York Yankees dugout after hitting a single during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California June 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

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Two weeks after Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols filed a lawsuit in St. Louis over comments made by Jack Clark, the former MLBer-turned radio host fired back through his own legal team with a settlement proposal.

Clark, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s, and his on-air partner were let go by CBS Sports 920 in Auguest, not long after Clark said on air that Pujols' personal trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, once told him Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs.

In addressing Pujuls’ defamation suit Monday, Clark’s legal team proposed dual polygraph tests to ascertain whether his client or Pujols was being deceptive.

“The test results must be made publicly available and the administrator of the polygraph tests must be permitted to answer public and media inquiries relating to the tests and results,” according to a letter obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Mihlfeld was linked to PEDs in 2006 when Jason Grimsley, one of the pitchers he worked with, admitted to using PEDs and was suspended. However, no link between Grimsley’s drug use and Mihlfeld was ever proven

Pujols said he has been tested hundreds of times in his career and understands the public is skeptical when it comes to players declaring their innocence.

MACHADO HAS SURGERY

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is expected to miss the start of the 2014 season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery Monday.

Machado was involved in a scary incident late last month when his knee buckled as he lunged for first base while attempting to beat out a ground ball against the Tampa Bay Rays.

According to CSN Baltimore, the surgery went as planned and the 21-year-old is expected to miss up to six months.

"The six months is conservative," Orioles executive vice-president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "The schedule will not drive Manny's rehabilitation. The doctors and Manny will determine when he's ready."

The Orioles originally hoped Machado could avoid knee surgery, but he was re-examined four weeks later by team officials and Dr. James Andrews, who concluded the procedure was necessary.

A’S HAVING SURGERY

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick and A's pitcher Sonny Gray are expected to undergo surgery to repair injuries, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Reddick was limited to 114 games in 2013 because of a troublesome right wrist injury and hit just .226 with 12 homers. He is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on that wrist.

Gray will have surgery to repair the torn thumb ligament in his non-pitching hand. He went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA during the regular season and was 1-1 in the post-season.

He was the starting pitcher and the loser in Oakland's 3-0 loss the Detroit Tigers in the deciding game of their American League Division Series.

CUBS STILL SEARCHING

The Chicago Cubs met with San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria on Monday as they continue their search for former manager Dale Sveum’s replacement.

The Cubs are expected to meet with Tampa Bay Rays coach Dave Martinez later in the week, according to ESPN.

With perceived first-choice successor Joe Girardi off the market after he re-signed with the New York Yankees last week, the Cubs have already met with former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and former Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta.

Chicago fired Dale Sveum at season’s end after the Cubs finished 66-99 at the bottom of the National League Central.

BRIEFLY: Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Monday set the qualifying offer to eligible free agents at $14.1 million, the Associated Press reported … The Atlanta Braves hired Doug Dascenzo as their third-base coach, general manager Frank Wren said Monday.

 


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