ST. LOUIS — Former Cardinals icon Albert Pujols said late Friday he planned to sue former Cardinal Jack Clark and those connected with the St. Louis radio station on which he appears for Clark's on-air steroids allegations made against him.
Then shortly after midnight Friday, the company that put Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten on the air abruptly announced they will not be returning, after seven shows.
At least twice in the first week of a program that made its debut Aug. 1, Clark said former Pujols trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him in 2000 that he "shot (Pujols) up" with steroids. Both were working in the Dodgers organization at the time. Clark also has made other steroids allegations about Pujols, attributing them to comments Mihlfeld made to him more than a decade ago.
"I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal," Pujols said in a statement. "I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career, and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using (performance-enhancing drugs)."
A-ROD RESTS: Alex Rodriguez was not in the Yankees lineup a day after his 2013 home debut. Manager Joe Girardi said it was a day off.
ANGELS: 2B Howie Kendrick went on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee.
BLUE JAYS: LHP Juan Perez went on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his elbow. RHP Mickey Storey was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
INDIANS: Former Rays LHP Scott Kazmir was pushed back in the rotation a day after he said he had a "dead arm" following a rough start.
MARLINS: Manager Mike Redmond held struggling RF Giancarlo Stanton out of the lineup to give him some rest. Stanton has hit .108 in 37 at-bats over his past 10 games.
PADRES: OF Carlos Quentin went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. OF Jaff Decker was recalled from Triple-A Tucson.
REDS: LF Ryan Ludwick is set to be activated off the disabled list Monday, four months after he tore cartilage in his left shoulder.
RED SOX: 3B Will Middlebrooks, the opening day starter who batted .192 before being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 25, was recalled when INF Brandon Snyder went on the 15-day disabled list.
ROYALS: OF Lorenzo Cain went on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled left oblique.
WHITE SOX: LF Dayan Viciedo was scratched because of a sore left thumb.