Mets SS Reyes Meets with FBI About Accused Doctor

The Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)—Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week regarding a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug.

Dr. Anthony Galea is facing four charges in his country related to the drug known as Actovegin, which is extracted from calf’s blood and used for healing. His assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.

Galea is known for using a blood-spinning technique—platelet-rich plasma therapy—designed to speed recovery from injuries. Besides Reyes, he also has treated Tiger Woods and several other professional athletes.

“They just asked me basically how I met the guy and stuff like that and what he put in my body,” Reyes said. “I explained to them what he (was) doing. … I don’t worry about anything. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

The web site cited three anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.

The New York Times reported in December, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI opened an investigation into Galea based in part on medical records found on his computer relating to several professional athletes.

Reyes said he met with investigators from the FBI for about 45 minutes at the Mets’ spring facility after they contacted him Thursday morning. The Daily News of New York was the first to report the meeting.

“They asked me if he injected me with that. I say ‘No,”’ Reyes said. “What we do there, basically, he took my blood out, put it in some machines, spin it out and put it back in my leg. So I explained to them that.”

Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said the team was aware of the situation, and manager Jerry Manuel said he isn’t worried about it becoming a distraction.

Reyes said he felt better for a while after the treatment but his leg still didn’t respond when he tried to run full speed. He had surgery in October to clean up some scar tissue remaining from a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee.

Galea was arrested Oct. 15 after a search warrant was executed at the Institute of Sports Medicine Health and Wellness Centre near Toronto. He is charged with selling Actovegin, conspiracy to import an unapproved drug, conspiracy to export a drug and smuggling goods into Canada.

The Times also reported in December that Galea visited Woods’ home in Florida at least four times in February and March to provide the platelet therapy. Woods was recovering from June 2008 knee surgery.

During his public apology for cheating on his wife, Woods said any allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs were “completely and utterly false.” Greenspan has said the golfer is in no way linked to the charges against Galea.

The investigation into Galea began when his assistant, who often drove the doctor around, was stopped attempting to enter the United States from Canada.

Vials and ampules containing human growth hormone and Actovegin were found in a car driven by Mary Anne Catalano.