Denny Neagle
Dodgers sign catcher named in Mitchell Report

The Dodgers became the first team to sign a player named in former Sen. George Mitchell's report on performance-enhancing drugs since it was released last week, as backup catcher Gary Bennett on Monday agreed to a one-year contract with an option for a second season. Bennett admitted to using human growth hormone, but like Andy Pettitte and Fernando Vina, who were also included in Mitchell's report, he said he did so only to recover from an injury. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said that the explanation Bennett gave him Friday convinced him that he was a one-time user and alleviated any concerns he had of awarding him a contract that will pay him $825,000 next season....