Via Michael S. Schmidt –
Federal agents have reached out to several people who have worked for Alex Rodriguez in an effort to learn more about his relationship with Anthony Galea, the Canadian-based doctor under investigation by various federal authorities.
According to two people briefed on the investigation, which is seeking to determine if Galea distributed performance-enhancing drugs, agents want to question people associated with the Yankees’ Rodriguez — particularly the assistants who have handled his scheduling and finances — to determine the number of times he met with Galea, where they met and how much money Galea was paid for his services.
The effort to talk to people connected to Rodriguez comes as he and his lawyers have put off several meetings with federal agents, who have yet to question him about Galea. Those delays have aroused the curiosity of the agents, the two people said, and helped prompt them to contact others in Rodriguez’s circle.
The two people said that the agents looking into Rodriguez have had communications with Angel Presinal, a well-known trainer who was banned from major league clubhouses nearly a decade ago because baseball officials suspected he was providing players with performance-enhancing drugs.
How the agents communicated with Presinal, who is based in the Dominican Republic and has worked with Rodriguez in the past, and the extent of those communications is not known.
Although Rodriguez has yet to meet with federal authorities, he will have to do so at some point, said one of the two people with knowledge of the investigation.
That person and a third individual said authorities plan to subpoena the notes from Rodriguez’s meeting last Thursday with investigators from Major League Baseball. They said the notes from the meeting — which took place in Tampa, Fla., and lasted three hours — would be used to either question Rodriguez as part of an eventual meeting with federal agents or in an appearance by Rodriguez before the federal grand jury in Buffalo that is looking into Galea’s activities.
James Sharp, who is based in Washington and is one of several lawyers representing Rodriguez, did not return a telephone request for comment.
In last week’s meeting with baseball’s investigators, Rodriguez stated that he had been treated several times by Galea after he had surgery on his hip last March, according to several people in baseball with direct knowledge of that meeting.
Rodriguez said that he had been treated by Galea in Tampa and New York after the surgery, which was performed in Vail, Colo. Rodriguez told investigators that he did not receive performance-enhancing drugs from Galea, the people said.
Galea has acknowledged treating Rodriguez, stating in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he gave him anti-inflammatories for his hip last year.
Remember all those times last month that A-Rod said “This is about someone else” when referring to the FBI wanting to talk to him about Galea? Well, now, it sure seems like this is about him too, no? When the feds start to go after your assistants who have handled your scheduling and finances, that tells you that it’s not just about “someone else.”
Anyone else notice that Kevin Russo played third for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night – after playing there just 18 times last season? Maybe the Yankees are thinking about a possible Bronx fill-in…in case this thing with Alex really blows up at some point during the season.