Bonds' Doctor Denies Steroids Talk

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    Justin Sullivan
    Barry Bonds walks into court last week to hear Steve Hoskins testimony.

    Barry Bonds' former personal shopper has testified that she saw the slugger's private trainer inject Bonds in the navel before a road trip during the 2002 season.

    Kathy Hoskins said Thursday she was in Bonds' bedroom packing his clothes for the trip when the seven-time NL MVP and trainer Greg Anderson came into the room. Anderson expressed concerns about her presence but Bonds said not to worry about Hoskins because "she's my girl."

    Hoskins testified that she then watched Anderson inject Bonds. She said didn't ask about the injection, but Bonds volunteered that it was "a little something, something for when I go on the road. You can't detect it."

    Bonds is charged with lying to a federal grand jury when he said no one other than his doctor ever injected him with anything.

    The owner of Major League Baseball's records for home runs in a career and a season also is accused of lying when he said that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

    Hoskins testified after prosecutors called Barry Bonds' orthopedic surgeon to the witness stand - a move they may wind up regretting.

    Dr. Arthur Ting contradicted the testimony of a key prosecution witness, former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins, who is the brother of Kathy Hoskins.

    Their dad played for the San Francisco 49ers and was a friend of Barry Bonds' baseball star father, Bobby Bonds.

    The two Hoskins and Barry Bonds grew up together and the siblings went to work for Bonds when he signed with the San Francisco Giants before the 1993 season.

    Prosecutors are relying on the Hoskins' testimony to help convince the jury that Bonds knowingly used steroids.

    Steve Hoskins testified last week that he had as many as 50 discussions about Bonds' alleged steroid use with Ting.

    Steve Hoskins also testified that Ting told him Bonds' 1999 elbow injury, which required surgery, was caused by taking steroids.

    But Ting denied Hoskins' accounts.

    Ting said he did not speak about Bonds and performance-enhancing drugs with Hoskins, and also denied telling Hoskins steroids were to blame for the elbow injury.

    During a break outside the presence of the jury, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Nedrow told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston that there were "inconsistencies" between the testimony of Ting and Hoskins, who the prosecutor also conceded had been "impeached heavily."

    Nedrow made the concession while defending the government's handling to Ting. Bonds' attorney Cristina Arguedas complained to the judge that the government should have disclosed Ting's testimony before the trial, but Nedrow said that Thursday was the first time he heard Ting contradict Hoskins so heavily.

    Illston is considering Arguedas' request to hold a special hearing to determine if any government official had details of Ting's testimony and, if so, why it wasn't disclosed to Bonds' attorneys before trial.

    Ting also testified that he gave Bonds legal steroids to ease swelling after surgery. Ting said those type of steroids have side effects that are similar to performance-enhancing steroids - acne, weight gain, mood swings and loss of libido.

    Ting testified that he has operated on Bonds eight times, the last time in 2009.