Trainer mum on Bonds

Anderson refuses to tell grand jury if he supplied steroids


August 18, 2006

Barry Bonds' personal trainer refused to tell a grand jury yesterday whether he gave the slugger steroids, but a federal judge did not jail Greg Anderson for contempt of court.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected prosecutors' request to hold Anderson, saying he must review the transcript of the brief grand jury hearing and hear arguments from lawyers. He ordered Anderson, 40, to return to court Aug. 28.

The contempt hearing was the first time prosecutors publicly revealed they are targeting Bonds in the probe connected to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative performance-enhancing drug ring linked to some of the world's top athletes, including Yankees star Jason Giambi and sprinter Tim Montgomery.

On Anderson's fourth appearance before a federal grand jury, he answered basic questions, including his name. Until now, he had answered no questions.

Federal prosecutor Matt Parrella then asked Anderson, "Did you distribute anabolic steroids to Barry Bonds?"

Anderson refused to answer.

He spent 15 days in prison last month for refusing to testify, but was freed after that grand jury's term expired.

He also served three months in prison and three months of home detention after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering stemming from the government's investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which allegedly supplied Bonds and other athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.

Anderson has refused four times to testify before federal grand juries investigating Bonds.

Blue Jays-Red Sox Trade -- Toronto traded former AL Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske and $2.8 million to Boston for a player to be named. Hinske, an outfielder who also can play first and third, is hitting .264 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs. Boston is assuming the $1.1 million left on his contract this season. Toronto will pay half of his $5.6 million salary next season.

Cardinals -- Center fielder Jim Edmonds, diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome Wednesday, missed his second straight start and remains day-to-day.

Braves -- Center fielder Andruw Jones was out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game because of a left knee injury.

Yankees -- Pitcher Corey Lidle was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his grandmother. Brian Bruney was called up from Triple-A Columbus to fill his roster spot.

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