Rafael Palmeiro told baseball’s arbitration panel that a vitamin he received from Baltimore Oriole teammate Miguel Tejada might have caused his positive test for steroid use.
Palmeiro testified that he received B-12 from Tejada, a person familiar with the grievance hearing said Thursday on condition of anonymity because the proceedings were secret.
“Right now I’m in shock,” Tejada said. “I’ve never given anybody steroids before.”
Tejada said he gave Palmeiro the B-12 “a long time ago.”
Palmeiro’s lawyers issued a statement that said they “are disturbed about the misleading reports being leaked by unnamed sources who claim knowledge of the investigation.”
Before Thursday’s game, Oriole interim manager Sam Perlozzo said that if Palmeiro had named a teammate in trying to explain his steroid test, it probably would be best that Palmeiro not return to the team this year.
Ken Griffey Jr. will have surgery on his left knee and right hamstring Monday, ending a stellar comeback season for the oft-injured Cincinnati Reds’ star.... Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke returned to Boston for an examination on his left knee, and a source said he’s expected to have surgery and is probably done for the year.