- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2005

From combined dispatches

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles’ Rafael Palmeiro is leaving open the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Jose Canseco, who said he introduced the first baseman to steroids in 1992 when both players were with the Texas Rangers.

Canseco cited Palmeiro as a steroid user in his new book. In an interview on the CBS television show “60 Minutes,” Canseco said he injected the drug into Palmeiro.

Palmeiro issued a statement last month in which he denied he ever used steroids, and he emphatically backed up that assertion yesterday after his first practice of spring training. Palmeiro also said he’s considered hiring the law firm of Orioles owner Peter Angelos to take legal action against Canseco.

“The one thing I can say is I have the best law firm and the best lawyer standing in the wings in Peter Angelos,” he said. “I have options available for me. He stands behind me and he’s ready. I will look at all my options and I’ll decide.”

Schilling pitches off mound

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Curt Schilling threw off a mound for the first time since the offseason ankle surgery that followed Boston’s World Series victory.

Schilling threw for 16 minutes and did not use an ankle brace.

“This was a day when I didn’t feel as good as I wanted to feel,” Schilling said after his 47-pitch, 16-minute workout. “My ankle didn’t hurt, so I guess that’s a positive for people other than me.”

Gagne sprains knee

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne sprained a ligament in his left knee during the team’s first full-squad workout of spring training and will undergo an MRI exam. Trainer Stan Johnston said the 29-year-old right-hander probably will have his activity limited for about a week.

Cordova retires

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former American League Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova retired a day after he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

In 10 seasons with Minnesota, Toronto, Cleveland and Baltimore, the oft-injured outfielder batted .274 with 122 homers and 540 RBI. He missed all of 2004 and appeared in just nine games two years ago after two operations on his right elbow.

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