A-Rod at MLB meeting about Canadian doctor
Alex Rodriguez met with three officials from Major League Baseball in Florida and told them he didn't receive performance-enhancing drugs from a Toronto doctor under investigation by U.S. and Canadian authorities.
Rodriguez met Thursday in the Tampa area with Dan Mullin, baseball's vice-president of investigations; Victor Burgos, who works in Mullin's department; and Dan Halem, a senior vice-president in baseball's labour relations department.
The New York Yankees third baseman was accompanied by lawyers James E. Sharp and Jay Reisinger. Details, including Rodriguez's denial, were disclosed by a person familiar with the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.
The Canadian doctor, Anthony Galea, told The Associated Press last month that he only prescribed anti-inflammatories to Rodriguez. Galea said he treated the slugger after he had hip surgery in March 2009.
"It went well. I co-operated," Rodriguez said Friday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. "They were very happy."
Rodriguez was expected to first meet with federal agents about Galea, who faces four charges in Canada related to human growth hormone and Actovegin, before speaking with baseball officials.
The FBI in Buffalo, N.Y., where the U.S. investigation into Galea is being spearheaded, had no comment.
Rodriguez and federal agents were supposed to meet March 26 in western New York but the interview was called off by mutual consent. A-Rod refused Friday to discuss the federal probe.
"I'm not really allowed to get into any of that," Rodriguez said.
The Yankees are holding off on a meeting with Rodriguez about the matter until he has spoken with federal agents, said another person familiar with the situation, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Other major leaguers, including the Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, have been contacted by federal investigators about Galea, and Colorado closer Huston Street has said investigators might want to talk to him about the case. Reyes and Beltran have said they did not receive HGH from Galea.
Galea's case developed from the arrest of his assistant last fall, who was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border and accused of trying to smuggle HGH into the U.S. Soon after, authorities raided Galea's clinic in Toronto.