- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2006

1:37 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Jason Grimsley is the latest name linked to the federal investigation into steroid use in baseball.

Thirteen federal agents searched Grimsley’s house in Scottsdale, Ariz., for six hours yesterday, according to Internal Revenue Service agent Mark Lessler, who would not say what they found.

In seeking a judge’s permission for the search, investigators who cracked the BALCO steroid scandal in the city said Grimsley initially cooperated in the probe. He withdrew his assistance in April, but not before he reportedly made “extensive statements” about illegal drug use “for the purpose of performance enhancement,” according to the court documents.

IRS agent Jeff Novitsky told the federal judge that investigators wanted to search the right-hander’s house for “any and all records showing contact or relationship with any and all amateur or professional athletes, athletic coaches or athletic trainers” regarding illicit drug use and purchases.

According to Novitsky, Grimsley told him the names of other players he believed were using such drugs, but the names of those players were blacked out of the court records.

“I have no comment about that and no idea about that,” Grimsley told the Arizona Republic yesterday, hours before the Diamondbacks played the Philadelphia Phillies.

After Arizona’s 10-1 loss, manager Bob Melvin said news of the investigation might have affected the team. Grimsley spent the game in the bullpen and warmed up at one point.

“Certainly, it locks you up for a little bit, but down the road we’ll be fine,” Melvin said.

“We haven’t convicted this guy,” the manager said. “This is an ongoing investigation. I just think that the effect on us today, as we heard about one of our teammates, it certainly had an effect on us. Nothing’s been proven. He hasn’t been proven guilty of anything. It’s just, there’s allegations.”

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