The perjury case against Barry Bonds was put on hold for three months yesterday, with prosecutors telling a federal judge they plan to obtain a new indictment against baseball's home run king.
US District Judge Susan Illston had told prosecutors on Feb. 29 to fix their original indictment because it lumped multiple allegations into too few counts. Illston said prosecutors needed to drop some of the allegations from the indictment or add more charges.
At a brief court hearing yesterday, assistant US attorney Matt Parrella didn't say when the government will ask a grand jury for a new indictment. Illston ordered the sides to return to court June 6, making it likely any trial would not start before 2009.
Bonds was indicted in November on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, charges stemming from 2003 grand jury testimony in which he denied knowingly taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Pedro looks solidPedro Martínez gave up two runs and five hits in five innings and David Wright hit a two-run homer in the Mets' 8-2 win over the Nationals at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Martínez was particularly effective spotting his fastball, consistently clocked in the 87-89 mile-per-hour range, and getting ahead in the count.
"I felt like I could have thrown three more [innings]," Martínez said.
Martínez was pulled after five innings and 71 pitches. Last season, when he returned from shoulder surgery, he was kept on a 90-pitch count.
McNamee in car crashBrian McNamee, the former personal trainer who said he injected Roger Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, fainted while driving and crashed his car head-on into a city bus in New York yesterday.
McNamee told police he blacked out because of an ongoing medical problem, the Daily News and New York Post reported.
No one was seriously hurt, according to the newspapers, and no one was charged in the accident.
Sabathia hears itMotivated by the pep talk from pitching coach Carl Willis, C.C. Sabathia settled down after giving up three runs in the first three innings and the Indians defeated the Braves, 6-4, at Kissimmee, Fla.
Sabathia, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, said his pitching coach's message was loud and clear.
"[Willis] told me after the third inning to throw with more intensity, dial it up a little bit," Sabathia said. "The lasers going all over the park" were more hints he needed to pitch better, he added.
Braves starter John Smoltz was held out of the game because of tightness in his shoulder. He said he would have been available for a regular-season game.