Originally created 07/15/06

Bonds' lawyers prepare



SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' legal team is preparing for the Giants slugger to be indicted as soon as next week and has begun plotting his defense.

Laura Enos, Bonds' personal attorney, told The Associated Press on Friday that Bonds could be charged with tax evasion and perjury. She also said the lawyers believe the grand jury investigating the star player will expire Thursday.

"We are very prepared," she said. "We have excellent tax records and we are very comfortable that he has not short- changed the government at all." Also Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to free Bonds' personal trainer from prison. A federal judge on July 5 ordered Greg Anderson jailed until he agreed to testify in front of the grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury.

The grand jury is believed to be investigating Bonds for tax evasion in connection with cash he allegedly gave former girlfriend Kimberly Bell to buy a house. The money came from sales of Bonds' signatures on baseball memorabilia, and the income allegedly was not reported to the IRS.

PRIOR OUT AGAIN: Cubs right-hander Mark Prior went back on the 15-day disabled list, this time with a strained left oblique muscle.

He got hurt while taking batting practice Saturday in Milwaukee. Prior, who began the season on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, came off it June 18 and went 0-4 in four starts with a 7.71 ERA.

MYERS RETURNS: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers rejoined the team and is expected to pitch Sunday after taking a leave of absence after his arrest on charges that he hit his wife in the face.

"I've been humbled greatly by this problem, and I deeply regret any incident that happened," he said before Friday's game.

BOBBLE BOO-BOO: Baltimore Orioles players have joked in the past that they didn't look like their bobblehead dolls. But when a recent shipment of Brian Roberts bobbleheads arrived, team officials knew something was wrong.

Roberts, who is white, had dark skin. It wasn't just a deep tan. The team returned the entire shipment of 20,000 dolls, which they had planned to hand out today.

NATIONALS: The team signed free-agent outfielder Luis Matos and assigned outfielder Marlon Byrd to Triple-A New Orleans after he cleared waivers. Washington also reacquired right-hander Chris Booker - who the team gave up in the 2005 Rule 5 draft - and lost minor league outfielder Brandon Watson on waivers to Cincinnati.

ANGELS: Right-handed pitcher Kelvim Escobar went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow irritation.