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Investigators met with Mets' Reyes

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 09:14 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE -

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week regarding a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug.

Anthony Galea is facing four charges in his country related to the unapproved 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 - that is 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 because I didn't do anything wrong."

SI.com reported Saturday night that federal officials have told several athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case. 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 for about 45 minutes at the Mets' spring facility after they contacted him Thursday morning. One of his agents, Chris Leible, also was present.

The Daily News of New York was the first to report Reyes had met with investigators.

Reyes, who missed much of last season with right leg problems, said he spent five days in Toronto in September and was treated by Galea three times. The shortstop was asked by investigators if he used HGH.

"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."

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.

PHILLIES: J.C. Romero threw off the hill for the first time since elbow surgery in October to repair a torn flexor tendon, while Brad Lidge experimented with his noted slider for the first time since elbow and knee surgeries in the offseason.

Romero threw 23 pitches, all fastballs, and Lidge threw 35.

They are still behind the rest of the pitchers in camp as far as their workout schedules are concerned, and both could miss the opening week or two of the season. However, both remain optimistic that they can fly north with the defending National League champions for Opening Day.

RANGERS: Manager Ron Washington said the center field and leadoff starting jobs are Julio Borbon's to lose.

"For me, Borbon is in the same position that (shortstop) Elvis Andrus was last year," Washington said Sunday. "It's up to us to keep him relaxed and let him be who he is."

Borbon made his debut with the Rangers last season as a substitute for an injured Josh Hamilton and hit .312 in 46 games.

ROYALS: Jose Guillen, who had ankle and lower back surgery after his final game on Sept. 2, is penciled in to play in the outfield for Kansas City on Wednesday in an intrasquad game.

"I talked to Jose about that today," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "I gave him a heads up. I got him in one of the projected lineups in right field. He's said he's good to go."

YANKEES: Chan Ho Park took part in his first workout with the team. The South Korean right-hander agreed to terms last week on a $1.2 million, one-year deal with an additional $300,000 in incentives.

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