When Laker met with the Mitchell team, he confirmed that he bought steroids from Radomski four times between 1995 and 1999, when he was playing for the Expos, Orioles, Devil Rays and Pirates. He used the drugs until 2000. Laker told reporters Sunday that he didn't want to offer excuses for his PED use. But his battles with colitis and his ensuing struggles to keep his weight up caused him to look for a shortcut. Laker was diagnosed with colitis, a digestive disease, in 1992, shortly after his first callup to the Majors with the Expos. He lost 15 pounds that year. "For the next few years, I battled the weight issue," Laker said. "Along with weight comes strength. That's what led me to doing [steroids]." How much did the drugs help Laker's career? "Just look at my stats," Laker said with a smile. "It wasn't an illustrious career." Indeed, Laker's career .226 average in 11 seasons, including parts of four seasons with the Tribe, doesn't exactly lend credence to the belief that steroids improve performance. Laker didn't want to speculate on how rampant steroid use was in the game at the time he was using PEDs. "I'm not in a position to give my opinion on anybody," he said. "I just have to focus on what I do and my own regrets." With his playing days behind him, Laker continues to have trouble keeping weight on his 6-foot-3 frame. He showed up to the Indians' camp looking particularly emaciated after having his gall bladder removed over the winter. But Laker doesn't believe his health issues are at all related to steroid use. It was his health, he said, that prompted him to step down from managing the Indians' short-season Class A ball team in Mahoning Valley after one season at the helm. He will be replaced this year by former third baseman Travis Fryman. The Indians are standing behind Laker in the wake of the Mitchell Report's release. "I feel strong about him as a person," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's a personal friend of mine, and I had the pleasure of having him play for me in [Triple-A] Buffalo, as well as Cleveland. I'm glad to have him in the organization." Laker said he is taking a couple years off from managing to focus on his health. He hopes to get back into managing some day. "I've been in baseball since I was 18 years old," he said. "It's the only life I know." For now, Laker will travel to the Indians' various Minor League sites, offering insight where he can on the game and, perhaps, the consequences of short-sighted decisions. Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for . This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
The report also says Pettitte, during his stay on the disabled list from April 21 to June 14, 2002 because of elbow tendonitis, "wanted to speed his recovery and help his team." According to the report, "McNamee traveled to Tampa at Pettitte's request and spent about 10 days
assisting Pettitte with his rehabilitation. McNamee recalled that he injected Pettitte with HGH that McNamee obtained from Radomski on two to four occasions. Pettitte paid McNamee for the trip and his expenses; there was no separate payment for the human growth
The other players involved all agreed to deals that included a waiver of the right to appeal.  Cruz blamed a gastrointestinal infection for his drug use and remarked that faced with the weight loss from the infection he was unsure he would be physically able to play and "made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error."  An emotional Cabrera said he had taken a banned substance for four days in 2012 to aid in injury recovering before stopping because "I realized it wasn't necessary. My heart and my conscience was killing me."  Peralta remarked "I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension."