Police found vials of what they called an unknown substance in the Lehigh dorm room of Garrett Reid when he died of a heroin overdose earlier this year. The Express-Times, a local paper in the Lehigh Valley, quotes a source saying that it has now been determined that at least some of the vials contained steroids.
Tom Shertell reporting for the Express-Times:
During the initial investigation, police quickly eliminated the vials as a cause of death, but Morganelli said last month he sent five samples for testing as he began tying up the loose ends of the case after formally announcing Oct. 18 that Reid died of a heroin overdose.
Authorities have identified the substances in some of the vials as steroids, sources said.
The District Attorney has not commented on the contents of the vials.
While the news of a person who died of a heroin overdose also having other substances in their possession isn't surprising, it's worth remembering that Garrett was working as a strength and conditioning trainer for the Eagles.
Update: We had previously written that Reid had been "working as a strength and conditioning trainer for the Eagles." It is not clear that he was in an official role with the team. He may have just been helping out with the strength and conditioning staff at training camp.
UPDATE2: The DA spoke this afternoon and confirmed that steroids were present. The Daily News' Jason Nark has the details.
The vials included several types of steroids, including testosterone and
other strong chemicals used by bodybuilders, Morganelli said, adding
that authorities have been unable to find the source of the steroids or
the heroin that killed Reid.
>>Garrett Reid had steroids with him when he died of heroin overdose, sources say [Express-Times]
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The Phillies continue to make baseball fun as they head toward the finish line of their fifth straight losing season.
They rallied for their eighth win in the last 10 games in beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
The Phillies have taken the first three games of the series against the team with baseball's best record. All three wins have been come-from-behind efforts.
Aaron Altherr, the hero of Monday night's win against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, was a key contributor again in this one. He drove in four runs late in the game with a two-run homer in the seventh and a tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning.
• The Phillies' bullpen, which had been so good lately, blew leads of 2-1 and 5-4, but the offense overcame those issues.
• Despite having the second-worst record in the majors, the Phillies are 32-33 since the All-Star break.
• The game ended with Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera making a tremendous leaping catch at the wall on a bullet by Yasiel Puig.
• Cesar Hernandez started the Phillies' eighth-inning rally by working a walk against Luis Avilan. Avilan then made an errant throw to help set up Altherr's big single.
• Hector Neris pitched for the third night in a row and earned his second save of the series.
• The Dodgers rallied for three runs against the Phillies' bullpen to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh. The Phillies got the runs back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Rhys Hoskins continued to do things to help the team win when he led off with a walk against right-hander Ross Stripling. Stripling then threw two hanging curveballs and Altherr and Tommy Joseph deposited them in the left-field seats to give the Phillies the lead. Joseph, pushed into the background by Hoskins' emergence, had a two-RBI night.
• Phillies starter Jake Thompson gave up just one run but was not economical enough with his pitches to get past the fifth inning. Thompson allowed six base runners on three hits and three walks and got outs on several long fly balls. He walked two batters in the fifth, got a visit from pitching coach Bob McClure then got the final two outs on a pair of groundballs. He hung a full-count slider to Justin Turner with two outs, but Turner grounded it to short for the third out. Thompson survived and exited the game with a 2-1 lead.
• Chase Utley did not start for the Dodgers, but he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh with the Dodgers behind, 2-1. Facing rookie right-hander Victor Arano, Utley showed that famous short, chop swing in lacing a triple off the center-field wall.
• Arano was originally Dodgers' property. He came over to the Phillies late in the 2014 season in a trade for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. After Utley tripled, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent up left-handed hitting Andre Ethier to bat in the pitcher's spot. Pete Mackanin responded by waving lefty Hoby Milner into the game. Roberts went back to his bench and replaced Ethier with Kike Hernandez, a right-handed bat. Milner is a side-armer who struggles against right-handed bats (they were 19 for 46 against him while lefty hitters were 9 for 54). The results were predictable; Hernandez doubled home Ultey with the tying run. Milner did get to face a lefty hitter later in the inning and NL Rookie of the Year slam dunk Cody Bellinger broke the tie with a two-run double. Despite the difficult inning, Milner has made a nice showing and put himself on the map this season. He had not allowed a run in 21 straight appearances before being charged with two.
• The series concludes with a Thursday matinee. Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.93) pitches for the Phillies against Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.91).