WASHINGTON - A lawyer for Andy Pettitte's former personal trainer said Tuesday he believes the pitcher will tell Congress he discussed human growth hormone with Roger Clemens between the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
The lawyer, Earl Ward, said Pettitte talked about HGH with trainer Brian McNamee following a conversation with Clemens, who has denied that he used HGH or steroids. McNamee worked with both Clemens and Pettitte.
"We're hopeful, based on Andy's reputation, that he will corroborate Brian's statements with regard to Roger," Ward said in a telephone interview.
Pettitte's meeting with a congressional committee investigating drug use in baseball was postponed until Monday. McNamee said in last month's Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens at least 16 times with steroids or HGH in 1998, 2000 and 2001. He said he injected Pettitte two to four times with HGH.
Pettitte admitted two days after the Mitchell Report was released that he tried HGH for two days in 2002 - before it was banned.
Richard Emery, another lawyer for McNamee, said his client and Pettitte also discussed steroids use by Clemens. "Pettitte is certainly going to tell the truth, and if he tells the truth everything will be fine," Emery said.
Jay Reisinger, Pettitte's lawyer, would not discuss what Pettitte would say.
Lanny Breuer, Clemens' new lawyer, said the seven-time Cy Young Award winner stood by his denials.
Clemens Attends Astros' Minicamp
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens showed up at the Houston Astros' minicamp on Wednesday and spent about three hours with minor-leaguers but sidestepped a question about his upcoming appearance before Congress.
Astros owner Drayton McLane said he was "pleasantly surprised" that Clemens attended the minicamp.
UMPIRES: Umpires are livid that Major League Baseball has sent investigators to their hometowns, asking neighbors a series of questions that include whether the ump belongs to the Ku Klux Klan.
"The questions that we found out are being asked are about beating wives, marijuana use and extravagant parties," World Umpires Association president John Hirschbeck said. "And then finally with this whole thing about the Ku Klux Klan.
Baseball stepped up background checks last August, after it became public that the FBI was investigating NBA referee Tim Donaghy for betting on games.
PIRATES: Left-hander Damaso Marte was involved in a car accident while traveling to a workout Tuesday, but he did not suffer any significant injuries.
METS: As New York went to work on a contract extension for Johan Santana, they also added depth to their bullpen by claiming Ruddy Lugo off waivers from Oakland. Lugo was 6-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 38 relief appearances with the Athletics and Tampa Bay last season.
NATIONALS: The team is reportedly near a deal to sign catcher Johnny Estrada.