Tejada due in court for sentencing
Astros shortstop expected to receive probation for lying to investigators
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Six weeks after pleading guilty to misleading Congressional investigators about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, Miguel Tejada is scheduled to receive his sentencing in Washington, D.C.
Tejada traveled to the nation's capital on Thursday and is expected to receive probation, as recommended by prosecutors. U.S. attorney Jeffrey Taylor wrote in a memo last week to Federal Magistrate Judge Alan Kay that Tejada should get a reduced sentence because he has publicly apologized for his actions and has no criminal history.
Tejada, a five-time All-Star and the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player, was accused of giving false statements about his conversations with another player, former Athletics teammate Adam Piatt, about steroids and human growth hormone. Tejada also admitted he didn't reveal information to House committee investigators in August 2005 about whether or not his ex-teammate Rafael Palmeiro took steroids.
The crime calls for a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a fine as high as $100,000, but Taylor suggested Tejada should be fined between $250 and $5,000.
Tejada gave a tearful apology during a media gathering at Minute Maid Park following his guilty plea on Feb. 11.
"I apologize," Tejada said that day. "I know it was a mistake. I take responsibility. I am very sorry this happened. I'm sorry to my family, to Congress, to the Houston Astros and to the Major Leagues."
The sentencing date corresponds with an Astros off day. Tejada did not travel with the team to Jupiter on Wednesday for its game with the Cardinals, but he is expected to rejoin the Astros on Friday when they host the Phillies.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.