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Bonds' trainer jailed for silence

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 29, 2006


SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' personal trainer was back in jail Monday, where he'll stay until he agrees to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the Giants slugger.

Greg Anderson, found in contempt of court for his refusal to talk, could remain behind bars for more than a year while the grand jury investigates Bonds for perjury and tax evasion.

"Sometimes sitting in the cooler for a long time may have a therapeutic affect and may change his mind," U.S. District Judge William Alsup said during a rancorous, hourlong hearing, after which authorities whisked Anderson into custody.

Anderson, who has appeared five times before two federal grand juries without answering pertinent questions, also was held in contempt of court for two weeks last month but was released when that grand jury's term expired.

Mark Geragos, the trainer's attorney, said he would appeal the judge's order.

The name of Yankees outfielder and Tampa native Gary Sheffield re-surfaced during Monday's hearing as an angry Alsup recited the questions Anderson refused to answer before the grand jury.

YANKEES PEEVED AT PAVANO: Pitcher Carl Pavano has two broken ribs, sustained in a mid-August car accident, that the oft-injured right-hander didn't tell the team about until Monday, and the team isn't happy about it.

"Of course I'm angry," said general manager Brian Cashman, who did not rule out fining Pavano.

"I'm trying to get a clearer picture of what we're dealing with," Cashman said of Pavano's version of the accident. "It's kind of premature."

Pavano hasn't played in the majors since June 27, 2005 because of injuries, but remained on track to make his final rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Columbus at Durham.

CUBS: First baseman Derrek Lee was activated from the 15-day disabled list after being out since July 24 with inflammation of his right wrist.

DIAMONDBACKS: Outfielder Jeff DaVanon will have season-ending surgery to repair a split tendon in his left ankle.

MARINERS: Right-hander Julio Mateo will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left hand while lifting weights in the clubhouse. The reliever had a 35-pound weight slip and pin his hand between the weight and the rack.

METS: Pedro Martinez (right calf) left for Florida to begin his rehabilitation at the team's minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie. He is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday.

NATIONALS: Outfielder Alex Escobar will have right shoulder surgery on a torn labrum and will miss the rest of the season.

RED SOX: Rookie left-hander Jon Lester (back) went on the DL and designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched because of the flu.

SERIES PRICES SPIKE: The price of regular box seats for the World Series will be $250, according to notices some teams have sent to season-ticket holders. That's up from $185 last year, a 35 percent hike that is the steepest in nearly a decade. Prices for the Series will start at $75, a $10 increase from last year.

TRADE: The Reds sent right-hander Mike Burns to the Red Sox for righty Tim Bausher and cash.