• A-Rod Was Treated By HGH Doc & Possibly Violated His Contract

    Posted by on March 8th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    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.

    Comments on A-Rod Was Treated By HGH Doc & Possibly Violated His Contract

    1. JBerard
      March 8th, 2010 | 8:45 pm

      Sigh.

      You post that a doctor under investigation said he treated Rodriguez. You post that if true it could be a violation of his contract. The doctor in question says he treated Rodriguez for an inflammed hip. If it were an oral medicine, it was OK, just no injections. And, of course, you note that Rodriguez has not been interviewed.

      So, nobody knows nothing. That leads you to conclude Rodriguez’ was treated, may have violated his contract and his credibility is again in doubt. Are you conjuring the ghost of Mr. Boone as a sign of Rodriguez’ fate?

      Even for the blogosphere, this is hyperbole.

      Finally, no need to diss Ms. Roberts. Her book has only sold 10 percent of its initial printing.

    2. cr1
      March 8th, 2010 | 8:51 pm

      Rodriguez’s credibility is not in doubt.

      He’s a good 3B and an outstanding hitter and for those reasons he’s an asset to the team and I can cheer him on the field.

      But if he told me he has two eyes I’d ask for an official recount just to be sure.

    3. March 8th, 2010 | 10:15 pm

      cr1 wrote:

      But if he told me he has two eyes I’d ask for an official recount just to be sure.

      LOL.

    4. March 8th, 2010 | 10:22 pm

      Sam Borden rings in on this one:

      Here’s what I know: many Yankees officials are tired of these kinds of issues surrounding Rodriguez. The Yankees have stuck to their party line about not asking A-Rod anything until he’s done dealing with the FBI, but at some point there will be conversation about what, exactly, A-Rod did and whether it was a violation of his contract with the team. Remember, the Yankees say they didn’t approve him working with Galea.

      There are no obvious answers for these questions yet and maybe Rodriguez will be able to deal with it and have it fade away like last year’s steroids issues did. Legal issues like this, however, often have a way of lingering. Today, A-Rod said “nada, nada, nothing” when asked if anything was new regarding the FBI; at some point, he’ll have to come up with a better answer than that.

      Source: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/03/08/a-lingering-concern/

    5. Raf
      March 8th, 2010 | 11:30 pm

      Sam Borden wrote:

      Here’s what I know: many Yankees officials are tired of these kinds of issues surrounding Rodriguez.

      Here’s what I know; as long as he produces, they’ll put up with it.

    6. Rich
      March 9th, 2010 | 12:09 am

      I love when people leap to conclusions based on scant facts.

    7. March 9th, 2010 | 12:19 pm

      More from Sam Borden on this today -

      Alex Rodriguez met with reporters for a few minutes this morning and offered no new information on when he’ll meet with federal investigators. He did say that he was aware of Anthony Galea’s assertion that he had treated A-Rod, and while he wouldn’t confirm whether that was true, he said, “I’m at ease, no matter what.”

      A-Rod has been reasonable in dealing with the questions surrounding this situation, and when asked if he wasn’t saying much because he didn’t want to or because he had been told to keep quiet, A-Rod smiled. “I think the latter,” he said.

      source: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/03/09/a-rod-at-ease-cervelli-ready-to-return/

    8. mondoas
      March 9th, 2010 | 4:12 pm

      Maybe you guys should change the name of this blog/site to
      waswatchingarod.com b/c he really is talked about a lot! LOL!

      I’ve come to believe that A-Rod will continue to have drama following him and it always will go back to that contract he signed with Texas. I truly think that that contract will always be a blessing and a curse forever.

      A blessing b/c he will be able to take care of his kids and their kids and a curse because people hate to see other people do well so they do whatever they can to make the person look bad. Don’t get me wrong, A-Rod helps himself look bad but others do as well. Why? Jealousy!!

    9. March 9th, 2010 | 10:34 pm

      “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.””

      And Phillipon is the guy who referred A-Rod to Galea’s clinic – although he did refer him to Galea’s partner. More to the point – why doesn’t the Times ask why Phillipon referred him to anybody else, let alone Canadian doctors not licensed to practiced in the U.S.?

    10. BOHAN
      March 10th, 2010 | 1:16 am

      yankees arent gettin rid of arod just like the mets arent gettin rid of beltran for using a doctor the mets didnt approve.
      lisaswan wrote:

      “More to the point – why doesn’t the Times ask why Phillipon referred him to anybody else, let alone Canadian doctors not licensed to practiced in the U.S.?

      maybe arod was in canada at some point for his rehab for something and need some more anit inflammatories and phillipon referred him to this guy since he knew him.

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