3 '07 O's not users in Grimsley affidavit

Three prominent 2007 Orioles who were named as steroid users last year in a Los Angeles Times report on the infamous Jason Grimsley affidavit were never mentioned as using performance-enhancing drugs in that document, which was unsealed by federal prosecutors yesterday.

Current Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and outfielder Jay Gibbons were not included at all in Grimsley's sworn testimony and neither were New York Yankees pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, who also were implicated in the Los Angeles Times report.

Miguel Tejada, who was traded this month to the Houston Astros, was mentioned by Grimsley only as participating with former Orioles teammates Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa in a 2005 discussion about the use of amphetamines.

Gibbons, Roberts, Tejada, Clemens and Pettitte waited 15 months to have their names cleared in the Grimsley case, but that revelation comes a week after all five were implicated in former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's report on illegal drug use in baseball.

Gibbons, who was enveloped in the Signature Pharmacy Internet drug sting, has admitted to using human growth hormone and has been suspended for the first 15 days of the 2008 season. Roberts admitted to using steroids once in 2003 and likely won't be penalized by Major League Baseball. Pettitte admitted to using human growth hormone twice in 2002.

Clemens, who the Mitchell Report alleges used steroids and hGH, has issued a complete denial. Tejada, who the Mitchell Report alleged purchased two shipments of hGH and steroids from a former Oakland Athletics teammate, has not commented on Mitchell's investigation.

In their initial responses to the Los Angeles Times report, Gibbons, Roberts and Tejada categorically dismissed the Grimsley allegations as false.

Tejada could not be reached for comment last night. Roberts declined to comment further, and so did Gibbons, who said, "I have no comment. I have already commented on this issue."

In the unsealed affidavit, Grimsley names two former Orioles who had not been previously entangled in the steroids controversy: outfielders Geronimo Berroa, who played with the club in 1997, and Pete Incaviglia (1996 and '97). Neither was with the Orioles when Grimsley played in Baltimore.

Grimsley named Berroa as an anabolic steroid user and said Incaviglia "always had a supply of amphetamines." The affidavit also states that Palmeiro, who tested positive for stanozolol while an Oriole in 2005, "talked openly" about his amphetamine use that season. Palmeiro could not be reached for comment.

Grimsley said the 2005 discussion with Tejada, Sosa and Palmeiro was about "how they were going to play the baseball season next year" once MLB began testing for amphetamines in 2006.

Others mentioned by name in the document were: David Segui, Chuck Knoblauch, Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra, Glenallen Hill, Allen Watson and former Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee, whom the Mitchell Report alleged injected Clemens and Pettitte with performance-enhancing drugs.

Only Watson, Berroa and Incaviglia weren't included in the Mitchell Report.

Segui, the former Oriole most prominently mentioned by Grimsley, went public with his inclusion in the document after the blacked-out version was filed in June 2006.

In the unsealed affidavit, Grimsley alleges that Segui outlined his own use of hGH with the help of a Florida doctor and that he told the pitcher, "If you are going to do this, you should do it right."

In response, Segui said he has used hGH, with a doctor's prescription, for years because he has a low level of insulinlike growth factor. He contends he told Grimsley that he should have his own levels tested, but never recommended the pitcher use hGH.