SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Giants outfielder Jose Guillen, left off the team’s postseason roster because of a nagging neck injury, is linked to a federal investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs, The New York Times reported on its website Thursday night.
The story, citing several unidentified lawyers, said federal authorities told Major League Baseball they were looking into shipments of human growth hormone, allegedly sent to Guillen’s wife in the Bay Area.
Guillen has been tied to performance-enhancing drugs before. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2007 that he allegedly purchased more than $19,000 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center between May 2002 and June 2005.
MLB suspended Guillen for 15 days following the report, then rescinded the penalty in May 2008 as part of a deal between players and owners to toughen the sport’s drug rules.