NEW YORK -- Former major leaguer David Segui admitted yesterday in an ESPN interview that he used human growth hormone and was among the players mentioned by ex-teammate Jason Grimsley to federal investigators. Segui added that he used the drug with a doctor's prescription because of a growth hormone deficiency.
Segui, who spent 15 years in the majors and retired in 2004, said on ESPN's ``Outside the Lines" that he continues to use HGH legally. He said he first started using the hormone after the deficiency was found when he went for blood work before surgery during his playing career.
The 39-year-old first baseman said Grimsley came to him this past offseason, seeking advice about HGH and how it might help him recover from major arm surgery. Grimsley was waived by the Arizona Diamondbacks this month after acknowledging HGH use and accusing other players of its use in a statement to federal agents.
Segui played for seven teams from 1990 to 2004, finishing with a .291 average and 139 homers. He and Grimsley were teammates on the Orioles in 2004.
The names of the other players accused by Grimsley have not been made public.