>>Dodgers' Jansen Out Eight-To-12 Weeks
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Dodgers bullpen is going to be short for part of the regular season. The team announced closer Kenley Jansen is out eight-to-12 weeks after having surgery "to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot." That timetable puts him out at least the first month of the regular season. Jansen had 44 saves with a 2.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP last season.
>>Arod Apologizes To Fans With Hand Written Letter
Alex Rodriguez has released an apology to fans as he prepares to return to baseball after a year-long suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.
In a hand-written letter, posted on MLB.com and various other outlets, Rodriguez said he was responsible for his actions and was ready to resume playing baseball with the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez had met with Yankees officials earlier this month and apologized. He was apparently offered a chance to make a public apology, but declined and instead released the letter.
>>Tony Bosch Sentenced Tuesday
Former Biogenesis of America owner Tony Bosch was sentenced to four years in prison by a federal judge on Tuesday.
Bosch pleaded guilty in October to a charge of conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, including steroids and testosterone to Major League Baseball players.
U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles sentenced Bosch and ordered him to surrender immediately.
Bosch ran a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in Florida that was at the center of an extensive investigation by MLB in the summer of 2013. The probe led to the suspensions of 15 players for using performance-enhancing substances, most notably Alex Rodriguez, who
sat out the entire 2014 season as a penalty for his role in the scandal.
>>A's Ink Barry Zito To Minor League Deal
(Oakland, CA) -- After not pitching in 2014, veteran left-handed pitcher Barry Zito is returning to the Oakland A's on a minor league deal. The "San Francisco Chronicle" reports the contract is worth one-million-dollars and includes an invitation to spring training. Zito was originally drafted by Oakland in 1999 and spent his first seven seasons with the Athletics. Zito signed a seven-year, 126-million-dollar contract with the San Francisco Giants in 2006, and helped them win two World Series titles.