Ex-Miami pitching coach pleads guilty in steroid probe

MIAMI (AP) — A former University of Miami pitching coach has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for his role in the baseball steroids scandal centered at a South Florida clinic.

Lazaro “Laser” Collazo pleaded guilty Monday to two testosterone possession charges. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga then sentenced Collazo to two years’ probation and $2,000 in fines.

Prosecutors previously dropped more serious steroid distribution charges and agreed with Collazo’s attorney to recommend probation rather than prison time.

Collazo was among those indicted in the steroids scandal involving the Biogenesis of America clinic operated by Anthony Bosch. With Collazo pleading guilty, only Yuri Sucart — cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez — still awaits trial on April 6.

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