Originally created 06/08/06

Grimsley cut after search



PHOENIX - Pitcher Jason Grimsley was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, a day after his home was searched by federal agents following his admission he used human growth hormone, steroids and amphetamines.

The raid - and Grimsley's implication of other major league ballplayers - was the latest sign that widespread investigations into drug use by athletes are still active, even in the era of tougher testing.

"Clearly," U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said, "we're not done."

Grimsley's agent told The Associated Press he thought this would mark the end of the 38-year-old reliever's career.

"My guess is Jason's done playing," Joe Bick said in a telephone interview. "I couldn't anticipate that he would play again, but that's his call.He didn't want to be a distraction to the team."

Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes said Grimsley asked for his unconditional release in meetings with team officials Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We accepted his request," Byrnes said.

According to court documents, Grimsley failed a baseball drug test in 2003.

Thirteen federal agents searched his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., for six hours Tuesday, but they would not reveal what they found.

To investigators, Grimsley detailed his "receipt and use of anabolic steroids, amphetamines and human growth hormone over the last several years," but said he went exclusively with HGH when baseball's testing program began.

Grimsley also identified several other players who he said had used or supplied the drugs, though their names were blacked out from court documents. They included a handful of former teammates and one player he identified as one of his "better friends in baseball," adding that it was common knowledge that "Latin players" were a major source for amphetamines.

He also identified a personal fitness trainer to several major league ballplayers who once referred him to someone that later supplied him with an array of drugs.

BONDS HURTING AGAIN


SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds tweaked his left side during last weekend's series in New York, though the San Francisco slugger initially tried to play through it.

The injury has become worse in recent days, and Bonds grimaced after a swing during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

He was already scheduled for a day off Wednesday for the finale of a three-game series with the Marlins.

His status for a four-game series against Pittsburgh starting tonight is in question.

"I don't know yet. ... I'm only concerned if somebody's putting me in a coffin," Bonds said when asked about the severity of his injury.


- Associated Press