The former Phillie's name has surfaced in a widespread steroid investigation, focusing on antiaging or wellness centers that use the Internet to distribute performance-enhancing drugs. [Link]
According to Sports Illustrated's exclusive report, Bell received six packages of HCG at a Philadelphia address last April, a hormone often used in conjunction with anabolic steroids. The drug was reportedly prescribed in conjuction with an Arizona antiaging facility, which is currently under investigation. Bell told SI the drug was prescribed for a "medical condition," which he declined to disclose.
Bell becomes the latest athlete linked to Internet sales of performance-enhancing drugs and related substances in the last two weeks, a list that includes Major Leaguers Gary Matthews Jr. and Jerry Hairston Jr. Investigators reportedly believe they'll unearth the names of hundreds, possibly thousands of prominent clients who’ve received an array of drugs.
Today's game: Jamie Moyer and the Phillies battle Ian Snell and Pirates today at 1:05 p.m. [Live boxscore]