- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

Brian McNamee says he couldn’t risk lying to federal agents when they asked him about Roger Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs.

McNamee, the pitcher’s former trainer, broke his silence by appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” on Monday morning.

“You just think of circumstances,” he said. “It wasn’t worth that risk of that being over my head for six years - that’s the term they have to investigate you and convene a grand jury.”

McNamee declined comment after leaving Stern’s studio. He has told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and a House of Representatives committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.

McNamee said he doesn’t believe he violated Clemens’ loyalty by confessing to authorities. His business was doing well independent of his work with the pitcher, McNamee said, though he acknowledged his affiliation with Clemens helped his credibility.

“It wasn’t a financial thing for me to work with Clemens,” McNamee said. “Were we friends? I think there was a little bit of an arm’s distance we kept.”

Also, federal prosecutors again are asking a judge to let them show a jury three drug test results they say show Barry Bonds used steroids.

The judge said last week she was inclined to throw out those results unless someone could directly testify to collecting the slugger’s urine samples. The likeliest candidate to be able to do so is Bonds’ former trainer, Greg Anderson. A lawyer for Anderson has said his client won’t testify at Bonds’ upcoming trial.

RAYS: Reliever Chad Bradford is expected to be sidelined three to four months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews last week in Birmingham, Ala. Bradford was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 21 appearances after the AL champions acquired him from the Baltimore Orioles in August.

CARDINALS: St. Louis released Adam Kennedy, leaving its second base job up for grabs with just a week to go before spring training.

The team requested waivers on Kennedy that will expire Wednesday, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.

GIANTS: Veteran infielder Rich Aurilia will return for another season with San Francisco. He agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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