The federal case against Barry Bonds is now in the hands of a jury.
Closing arguments in the former baseball star’s 12-day trial wrapped up Thursday afternoon and the eight-woman, four-man jury went home a few minutes later. They’ll pick up with deliberations this morning in San Francisco.
The major leagues’ all-time home run leader is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and a count of obstruction for denying that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs and for saying no one other than his doctors gave him an injection.
If convicted on any of the charges, federal sentencing guidelines recommend a prison sentence of between 15 and 21 months, though Bonds’ punishment could be far less severe.
Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer had an emergency appendectomy in late October.
“Looks like I started a trend,” Cuddyer said about the news that White Sox DH Adam Dunn needed an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night, just four days after Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had one.
Cuddyer’s recovery was quite an ordeal, so he’s been surprised to hear how quickly Holliday and Dunn are hoping to play again.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Holliday, who was cleared for baseball activities Tuesday, could return this weekend. Dunn originally hoped to play in today’s home opener for the White Sox, but continuing discomfort may delay his return, he said Thursday.
“There would have been absolutely no way in the world I would have been ready to play in five days — none, zero, no chance,” Cuddyer said. “I did the laparoscopic surgery, like Dunn and Holliday, and as they took it out, it protruded a little bit. It didn’t burst, but a little bit of the liquids and toxins got into my stomach. ... It was not fun.”
Following an attack in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium that left a visiting fan with brain damage, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced they would dramatically increase the number of police patrolling the facility.
“You are going to see a sea of blue. And it’s not going to be Dodger blue. It’s going to be LAPD blue,” Beck said of the police presence at the team’s next home game April 14. “People have a right to enjoy the American pastime and we are going to assure that right.”
Bryce Harper, picked No. 1 overall by the Washington Natinonals last summer, hit an RBI single in his first professional at-bat for the Class A Hagerstown Suns. Harper, 18, started in right field. He signed a $9.9 million contract after the Nationals picked him, the biggest payday for a drafted position player. Oakland Athletics infielder Mark Ellis was held out of the lineup because of an inner-ear problem and dizziness.
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was diagnosed with a mild concussion, a day after taking a knee to the head while sliding into third base. Escobar was injured when he slid headfirst and banged into the leg of Oakland’s Andy LaRoche on a triple Wednesday. Phillies closer Brad Lidge, sidelined since spring training with a strained right rotator cuff, says he’s still hoping to return by the All-Star break.
The Twins’ heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, broke his left fibula after the Yankees’ Nick Swisher slid into him at second base while breaking up a double play in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss. Nishioka was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he will be examined today to determine how long he will be out.