Astros' owner McLane doesn't regret adding Tejada

1/17/2008 - MLB Miguel Tejada Houston Astros + more

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane was
surprised when Miguel Tejada was mentioned in the Mitchell Report
but has no regrets about acquiring the star shortstop.

The chairman and ranking minority member of the House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee asked the Justice Department to
investigate whether Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, made false statements
to federal authorities.

"You can't look back," McLane said Wednesday during a break at
the major league owners' meetings. "You have to move forward."

McLane said Astros general manager Ed Wade had spoken briefly to
Tejada's agent but has not talked to the player, whose brother died
Tuesday in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

"We're going to wait until we know more facts and see really
what the issues are and what needs to be done," McLane said.

Tejada, who won his MVP award with the Oakland Athletics, was
acquired from Baltimore on Dec. 12, one day before the Mitchell
Report was released. The report said former Oakland teammate Adam Piatt claimed that he gave steroids to Tejada in 2003, and the
report includes checks for $3,100 and $3,200 purportedly written
from Tejada to Piatt.

McLane said he was caught off-guard when Tejada was mentioned in
the report and that he asked commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday if
he knew in advance that Tejada would be in the report.

"We've read reports on hundreds of players over the last two
years, and you didn't know whether he had denied them," McLane
said. "But you had no idea he was going to be in the Mitchell
Report. Then this just came out of the blue. I was asking the
commissioner a little while ago, I said, `Did y'all know that was
going to happen?' and he said, 'We were startled too.' They had no

McLane said the Astros don't have a backup plan at shortstop if
Tejada can't play this season.

"You don't know whether that was just some big scene and will
fade away, or is it a real issue," McLane said. "We just need to
determine what the committee and Congress is going to do, and what
his side of the story is."