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Jose Reyes meets with FBI investigators

Feb 28, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

Jose Reyes met with FBI investigators on Friday about his involvement with known HGH distributor Anthony Galea.  The Mets shortstop claims he only used the doctor for his blood-spinning technique, and not human growth hormone.

“They asked me if he injected with that (HGH), and I said no,” Reyes said.  “What we did there, basically, he took my blood out, spin it in some machine and put it back in my leg.”
Reyes said he does not expect to meet with the investigators again or have any further involvement with the process.  It sure sounds like he’s in the clear (no pun intended).
  1. Charles Gates - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Anyone with a medical background know what blood spinning is? Or how it helps?

  2. RobRob - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Um… Isn’t that blood doping?

  3. jwb - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Sounds a lot like blood doping to me. Here’s an overview:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2004/sep/22/cycling.cycling

  4. Rays fan - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Charles GATES–You can read about it at:
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn7375-rapid-healing-trick-falls-foul-of-antidoping-rules.html
    or
    http://www.healthcentral.com/osteoarthritis/c/831508/101274/spinning
    Basically, some blood is drawn, spun in a centrifuge for a few minutes to separate plasma from the blood cells. The plasma is injected into the site of an injury to speed healing. There is controversy over whether this is performance enhancing or not. WADA considers it as cneating, although special permission can be had if the athlete is going to be not competing for some time even after treatment.
    It’s intended medical benefit is to speed healing to do a high concentration of natural growth factors. The cheating aspect would be to try to use it to increase exercise tolerance and promote muscle growth.

  5. Rays fan - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    The point of blood doping is to increase to oxygen carrying capacity of the blood–increase the number of circulating red blood cells. Blood spinning does not utilized the blood cells; it’s use is utilize the growth factors in the plasma. Both use blood products but with a different intent and different techniques.

  6. Rays fan - Feb 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I think Mr Reyes is trying to sell us some land east of Dominica.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Or at least the bridge to it.
    In any case this not knowing what I was really doing gambit, otherwise known in chess circles as the Duh-uhhhh or Myshkin defense, is really getting kind of old, don’t you think?

  8. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    There’s no doubt that Reyes did this to attempt to get back on the field. Obviously, it wasn’t performance enhancing, as he never did get back.
    .
    You can’t blame him for not necessarily sticking to the game plan the Mets medicos and trainers laid out. After all, their record isn’t exactly great–uh, good–uh, fair–uh, adequate. OTOH, it’s typically Mets that even the player’s own Plan B didn’t work.

  9. Rays fan - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    You mean the Palmeiro defense?

  10. jwb - Feb 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Oddly enough, C.J. Nitkowski (remember him?)is undergoing the same treatment and blogged about earlier this week.
    http://www.cjbaseball.com/2009Blog/20100226.htm

  11. Old Gator - Feb 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Not exactly – the Palmiero Defense unfolds over a longer sequence of moves. But it’s in the same…er…ballpark.

  12. onesweetworld - Feb 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    December called, they want their story back…

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