Mitchell sends steroid investigators to spring training
NEW YORK -- Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is sending his investigators to spring training as part of his investigation into steroid use in baseball.
Mitchell told baseball owners last month that his work has gone more slowly than expected and threatened to seek congressional help if he doesn't get better cooperation in his probe, which started nearly a year ago.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said some teams had been more cooperative than others.
"I can confirm that members of my investigative staff have been, and will be, conducting interviews during spring training of various individuals who are involved in baseball,'' Mitchell said in a statement Wednesday. "Our interviews are being conducted in both Arizona and Florida. "
His staff spoke Tuesday with members of the Minnesota Twins' front office and medical staff, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.
"The interviews are being conducted at this time because a number of witnesses are together in one place and the spring training sites for the major-league clubs are close together,'' Mitchell said. "It has been and continues to be my practice not to comment on the details of the investigation. We will answer as many questions as possible in our final report.''
Mitchell has said he will seek to have his staff interview active players.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
SPRING TRAINING NEWS
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• Pirates send Sanchez to the DL
• Rogers has clot removed, will miss first half
• Sabathia throws, says he's ready for opener
• Pavano to start Opening Day for Yankeees
• A's put Dan Johnson on DL with hip injury
• Walker signs minor league deal with A's
• Grapefruit: Towers wins spot in Jays' rotation
• Cactus: Big Unit to start season on DL