Retired baseball player Randy Velarde, who last played for the Oakland Athletics in 2002, testified Wednesday in San Francisco that Barry Bonds' former personal trainer supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs and injected him during a series of a parking lot meetings in 2002.
Velarde was one of four major league ballplayers called by the prosecution in an effort to prove that Bonds lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he did not knowingly take steroids or human growth hormone.
But Velarde and the other players – Jason and Jeremy Giambi and Marvin Benard – have not implicated Bonds in their dealings with his personal trainer, Greg Anderson. Anderson was put in jail last week for the duration of the trial for refusing to testify.
Velarde told the eight women and four men on the jury that former Giants catcher Bobby Estalella, who was playing for the Yankees at the time, gave him Anderson’s telephone number in late 2001.
Velarde said he called and asked Anderson for human growth hormone. The two met several times in parking lots during spring training in Arizona in ’02, and Anderson injected him in his arm, Velarde said.
He wasn’t sure exactly how many times he met Anderson. He was asked whether it was more than 10.
“That would be a fair number,” he said.
And always, there would be an injection?
“Every meeting,” he said.
With prosecutors planning to read portions of Bonds’ grand jury testimony to the jury, the government’s presentation is likely to wrap up by early next week.
The Dodgers will wear a No. 4 patch in memory of Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider throughout this season. Snider died in February at 84, and the Dodgers will celebrate his life on Aug. 9 at Dodger Stadium.
The Indians put center fielder Grady Sizemore, recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee, on the 15-day disabled list. The Phillies released second baseman Luis Castillo, 35, after his brief tryout as a fill-in for injured star Chase Utley. Giants closer Brian Wilson will begin this season on the disabled list. He is eligible to come off on April 6. The Athletics put Rich Harden on the 15-day DL, and added Andy LaRoche to the 25-man roster. The Brewers put outfielder Corey Hart and catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the 15-day disabled list. The Reds are opening the season with five players on the DL, including starters Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey.
2011 season begins: Today’s games
Detroit (Verlander) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia), 10:05 a.m. ESPN
L.A. Angels (Weaver) at Kansas City (Hochevar), 1:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Lowe) at Washington (L. Hernandez), 10:05 a.m.
Milwaukee (Gallardo) at Cincinnati (Volquez), 11:10 a.m.
San Diego (Stauffer) at St. Louis (Carpenter), 1:15 p.m. ESPN
San Francisco (Lincecum) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw), 5 p.m. ESPN