Fourth ex-big leaguer testifies he got injections from Barry Bonds' trainer
Retired baseball player Randy Velarde, who last played for the Oakland As, testified Wednesday that he was injected with human growth hormone by Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer during a series of a parking lot meetings in 2002.
Velarde was one of four major league players 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. Bonds also is charged with lying when he told the grand jury that Greg Anderson, his former personal trainer, never injected him.
Velarde testified Wednesday that Bobby Estalella, who was playing for the Yankees at the time, referred him to Anderson in late 2001. Velarde said he knew that Anderson was Bonds’ personal trainer. Velarde said he called Anderson, and Anderson sent him some pills -- human growth hormone.
"I explained to him that I wasn't getting any effect from the pills, and he mentioned the next step would be injection," Velarde said.
The two then met in a parking lot during spring training in Arizona, one of several such meetings, Velarde said. He testified that Anderson injected him in his arm. Velarde also said he injected himself in the abdomen with human growth hormone.
The injections gave him “endurance, strength," Velarde said.
Anderson, who served time behind bars for illegal steroid distribution, was jailed last week for refusing to testify at Bonds’ trial. Anderson has served nearly two years in prison, most of it because he would not testify against Bonds.
Bonds told the grand jury investigating steroid distribution in 2003 that Anderson gave him substances known as “the clear” and “the cream,” which prosecutors said were steroids. But Bonds said that Anderson told him they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco
Photo: Former Oakland A's player Randy Velarde leaves a federal courthouse after testifying in the Barry Bonds perjury trial Wednesday. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press