Via the Daily News -
While all eyes have been on Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, Major League Baseball investigators have quietly revisited the scene of another performance-enhancing drug scandal: Buffalo.
Sources familiar with MLB’s investigation into Bosch and his ties to two dozen or more players say investigators are looking at testimony provided to federal authorities by Alex Rodriguez and others in regard to the prosecution of Toronto physician Anthony Galea.
“We’ve been in Buffalo and we continue to be in Buffalo,” an MLB official told the Daily News.
Galea pleaded guilty in December of 2011 to bringing unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone and Actovegin, into the United States and served a year of supervised release. He had been indicted in October of 2010 by a federal grand jury in Buffalo on five charges that alleged he distributed performance-enhancing drugs — including HGH — to professional athletes in the United States. Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado and Tiger Woods were among his clients.
According to court papers, Galea’s assistant Mary Anne Catalano told investigators she witnessed Galea inject athletes with a mixture of substances. Catalano was arrested in 2009 after her car was stopped at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo, and authorities found human growth hormone and other drugs in her Nissan. Catalano told investigators that Galea had entered the United States on numerous occasions between July of 2007 and September of 2009 to treat 23 MLB and NFL athletes in New York, Tampa and other cities.
The New York Times reported in 2010 that Galea had injected Rodriguez with a cocktail of drugs on at least one occasion, although its ingredients were not known.
During the investigation into Galea, MLB interviewed Rodriguez, who told investigators he had not received performance-enhancing drugs from Galea. If baseball finds that Rodriguez testified differently to a grand jury or other federal investigators, it can move toward disciplining the embattled Yankee third baseman. Investigators are interested in what Galea testified to, as well, as he was negotiating his plea agreement. There are three sealed documents in the case file.
MLB hopes to gain cooperation from federal agents who might be able to help them in their investigation of the burgeoning Bosch scandal. The Daily News first reported on Jan. 26 that Bosch was under investigation by MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration for providing illegal drugs to at least 20 baseball players and to others through his Miami clinic, and that Rodriguez was an associate of Bosch’s.
…If baseball finds that Rodriguez testified differently to a grand jury or other federal investigators, it can move toward disciplining the embattled Yankee third baseman…
It looks like MLB, perhaps with the Yankees urging them, really wants to nail A-Rod anyway they can and burn him at the stake.