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Lesser Charges Filed Against Ex- UM Pitching Coach In MLB Doping Case

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A former University of Miami coach charged in connection to Major League Baseball's scandal over performance enhancing drugs is now facing lesser charges.

This may mean the case will likely end without a trial.

Federal prosecutors 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 in court 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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