Friday, April 11, 2008
Tejada won't be punished, still under investigation by FBI
HOUSTON -- Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has one less worry after the baseball's new drug agreement determined players named in the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs won't be punished.
Tejada was implicated in the report by former teammate Adam Piatt, who claimed to have given steroids to Tejada when the pair played for Oakland in 2003. Copies of checks Tejada wrote to Piatt, allegedly to pay for steroids, were included in the report.
The four-time All-Star remains under investigation by the FBI, which is looking into whether he lied about steroids to investigators for a congressional committee.
"It's through," he said Friday. "I get mentioned in the Mitchell report. From that point I didn't think about it like that. I think it's good for baseball. Now all the guys can concentrate and play good baseball and we'll move forward."
Tejada was traded to Houston from Baltimore on Dec. 12 and implicated in the Mitchell report a day later.
"I just think that everybody is at a point where we can just focus on baseball and not have to have this undercurrent that's been going on for the better part of six months, wondering what may happen or may not happen," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "Now it's all about baseball."
Tejada said it was good to be "moving on" and that he was happy about the agreement.
"It's good because I'm going to keep playing my baseball the way that I always play and hope that they're not going to keep asking me questions about that anymore," he said.
The former AL MVP said he hasn't heard anything from his lawyers concerning the FBI probe and that he'll concentrate on the game and let them handle that.
Wade said he didn't know anything more about the FBI investigation.
"We'll just wait and see if there are other issues that come about and obviously they'll have to be dealt with by people involved," he said.