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Former pitcher Watson denies using performance-enhancing drugs

12/21/2007 - MLB

NEW YORK -- A day after being linked to drugs in baseball,
former pitcher Allen Watson denied the allegation.

Watson was among nine players accused of doping by former
pitcher Jason Grimsley in a federal agent's affidavit unsealed
Thursday.

"I at no time over my professional baseball career used
steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs. Not then, not now, not
ever," Watson said Friday in a statement released by his agent,
Tony Giordano.

Watson, now 37, was 51-55 with a 5.03 ERA from 1993-2000. The
lefty pitched for St. Louis, San Francisco, the Los Angeles Angels, the New York Mets, Seattle and the New York Yankees.

At the request of federal prosecutors, a judge in Phoenix
unsealed the 20-page affidavit signed by IRS Special Agent Jeff
Novitzky in May 2006.

In the affidavit, there is this section: "When asked what other
current Major League Baseball players used athletic
performance-enhancing drugs, Grimsley named former players Allen
Watson and David Segui."

Segui previously acknowledged using human growth hormone.

Another Novitzky affidavit involving former Mets clubhouse
employee Kirk Radomski was unsealed late Thursday.

The only players named by Radomski that weren't mentioned in the
report by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell were former
New York Mets All-Star pitcher Sid Fernandez, Pete Rose Jr. and
minor leaguers Ryan Schurman and Rick Holyfield.

According to that affidavit, Radomski received a $3,500 check
from Fernandez that was written Feb. 14, 2005, eight years after El
Sid's final major league appearance. Phone records cited in the
affidavit say Rose Jr. called Radomski several times in 2001. Rose
Jr., the son of baseball's career hits leader, was sentenced in May
2006 to one month in prison and five months of home detention for
distributing a steroid alternative to his minor league teammates.