Notes: Schoeneweis clears the air

Notes: Schoeneweis clears the air

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Scott Schoeneweis cleared the air on Thursday about his misidentified involvement with steroids.

Schoeneweis had met with people from the Commissioner's Office in December to discuss an ESPN report alleging he had violated the collective bargaining agreement by using steroids. The office determined it had insufficient evidence of a violation to warrant discipline.

Schoeneweis said the Mets and other clubs he had played for were aware of his use, which was tied to his treatment of testicular cancer.

"I was just trying to get to normal, not above normal. It's all well-documented," Schoeneweis said.

But he lamented: "The retraction [explanation from the league] wasn't as glorified [as the original report] ... It's the era we live in."

Johnson inked for spring: The Mets announced they have signed outfielder Ben Johnson to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

The 26-year-old right-handed hitter batted .185 with one double and one RBI in nine games and 27 at-bats with the Mets last season. He made five starts in left field and two in right.

He fractured his left ankle on Aug. 2 while playing with the Mets' Triple-A New Orleans affiliate, and underwent surgery four days later.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.