Via the New York Times –
A Toronto-based doctor under investigation for possibly smuggling drugs into the United States told The Associated Press on Monday that he treated Alex Rodriguez for an inflamed hip last year.
If true, Rodriguez could be in violation of his contract with the Yankees because the team said in a statement last week that it never authorized Rodriguez to be treated by the doctor, Anthony Galea.
In an interview Monday with the New York Times, Dr. Marc Philippon, the team-authorized doctor who performed hip surgery on Rodriguez last March, said he never gave approval for Galea to treat the third baseman following the surgery.
Philippon said that if Galea gave Rodriguez oral anti-inflammatory medicine than he has no problem. If Galea gave Rodriguez any injections, however, Philippon said he would be upset because he believes he should be consulted for all such procedures.
“He doesn’t work at my clinic,” Philippon said of Galea. “Here is the way it works — I am the surgeon. I oversee the rehab.”
The revelations come one week after Rodriguez told reporters that he had been contacted by federal authorities, who wanted to talk to him about his connection to Galea, who has been charged by Canadian authorities with conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States.
Rodriguez has yet to meet with federal investigators, although that meeting could come this week. He was informed of Galea’s statement on Monday afternoon as he was talking amiably with several reporters in the Yankees’ clubhouse in Bradenton, Fla., where the team was in the midst of playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition game.
However, when one reporter brought up Galea’s statements to The Associated Press, Rodriguez said, “I can’t talk about that,” and walked away.
In the interview with The Associated Press, Galea said he prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs to Rodriguez last year, after the hip surgery, but did not give him H.G.H. The article did not indicate whether he administered the drugs in oral or injectable form. “He had a damaged hip. Inflamed. It was damaged,” he told The Associated Press. “He needed anti-inflammatories for his hip. I was basically helping in the rehab.”
Galea also said that when authorities stopped his assistant at the United States-Canadian border last year, she was carrying only a small amount of human growth hormone, exclusively for his personal use. Authorities found 20 vials and 76 ampules of drugs, including H.G.H., in a car driven by his assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, according to federal court documents.Last week, The New York Times reported that in December, the Yankees asked representatives of Rodriguez whether he had had any dealings with Galea, and were told he did not. Their suspicions had been raised, they said, because after Rodriguez’s hip surgery, he was monitored by a chiropractor, Mark Lindsay, who has worked closely with Galea in the past.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there’s no joy in Yankeeland — as A-Rod’s credibility is again in doubt.
And, last, but not least, this would incomplete;
If I forgot to add this one mo’ closing beat,
About how ol’ Selena Roberts in all her glory,
Is probably smuggling peanuts while reading this story.