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Ex-catcher set to nail Bonds on steroid use

FORMER major league catcher Bobby Estalella has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors to testify at Barry Bonds' trial, reported on Thursday.

Estalella, who was on the San Francisco Giants with Bonds in 2000 and 2001, was expected to testify to firsthand knowledge that Bonds used steroids, the Website said, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the evidence.

Estalella testified before a federal grand jury in November 2003. He admitted to the grand jury that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

The book "Game of Shadows," by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters, says Estalella received a drug schedule from Greg Anderson, Bonds' trainer, advising him to use human growth hormone, the steroids "the cream" and "the clear," and the female fertility drug called Clomid.

The Mitchell Report on drugs in Major League Baseball, released in December 2007, says that when the Los Angeles Dodgers considered signing Estalella as a free agent after the 2003 season, one team official noted in an internal conversation that Estalella was a "poster boy for the chemicals."

Bonds pleaded not guilty to charges of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with his grand jury testimony in December 2003. Bonds is scheduled for trial starting on March 2 in US District Court in San Francisco.

Twenty federal agents raided Anderson's mother-in-law's home on Wednesday.

Madeleine Gestas and her daughter Nicole Anderson, the trainer's wife, are the target of a tax investigation that Anderson's lawyer said was aimed at pressuring the trainer to testify at Bonds' trial.


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