Lesser charges filed against ex-Miami pitching coach

MIAMI (AP) Lesser charges have been filed against a former University of Miami pitching coach in the baseball steroid investigation, signaling his case will likely end without a trial.

Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped the more serious steroid distribution counts against Lazaro ''Laser'' Collazo in favor of simple testosterone possession charges, each punishable by a year in prison.

The type of document filed indicates Collazo will eventually plead guilty. His attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Collazo was among those indicted in the steroids scandal involving the Biogenesis of America clinic operated by Anthony Bosch. If Collazo pleads guilty, only Yuri Sucart - cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez - still awaits trial.

Fourteen ballplayers were suspended last year, including Rodriguez for the entire season.

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