- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

Barry Bonds’ personal trainer is likely to tell a federal judge Friday that he has no plans to testify at the home run king’s perjury trial.

Greg Anderson had been scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco on Wednesday to tell her whether he would break his silence. The hearing was postponed until Friday at the request of Anderson’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, who is busy with another trial.

The judge granted the request Tuesday.

“Greg and I will be there and I don’t expect anything has changed,” Geragos said. “I believe Greg is firm in his commitment” to not testify.

Anderson has already spent a year in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury about his relationship with Bonds. Geragos said he believes the government wants to put Anderson in custody again.

“There is no authority for him to be placed in jail again,” Geragos said. “You can’t just put people in jail because you want to.”

ATHLETICS: The Oakland A’s have scrapped their plans to move to Fremont.

Team owner Lew Wolff told city officials that the A’s have stopped all plans to build a new stadium in the East Bay suburb, 20 miles south of the team’s current home at the Oakland Coliseum.

In a separate statement, Wolff cited expected delays in the planning process as a reason for the decision.

BLUE JAYS: Center fielder Vernon Wells expects to miss two weeks after an MRI showed he reinjured the left hamstring that kept him on the disabled list for a month late last season.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Wells said. “It’s something that if I needed to get through it now, I could. But this time of the year, it’s just basically get healthy and get ready for the season.”

Wells, who batted .300 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI in 108 games last year, injured his hamstring during drills Monday.

TWINS: Right-hander Boof Bonser will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his ailing pitching shoulder, which has kept him off the mound since the start of spring training.

Bonser was experiencing persistent soreness in the joint and sought a second opinion. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the doctor’s recommendation after the latest MRI exam was to “go in there and clean up.”

There won’t be a timetable for Bonser’s recovery until the results of the surgery are assessed.

BRAVES: Atlanta completed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Garret Anderson after he passed a physical.

The 36-year-old Anderson had spent his entire 15-year career with the Los Angeles Angels, where he made three All-Star appearances and batted .300 or better seven times.

The Braves had to go to a backup plan after an apparent deal for Ken Griffey Jr. fell through last week. Anderson, a left-handed hitter, will likely platoon in left field with Matt Diaz, the same role the Braves had envisioned for Griffey until he decided to return to Seattle.

Even though Anderson was coming off a solid season - he batted .293 with 15 homers and 84 RBI in 145 games - he had to take a huge pay cut from the $12 million he made in the final year of his contract with the Angels.

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