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Carlos Beltran spoke with the feds last week

Mar 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list.  Turns out that Mets
center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators
last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved
drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness.

According to the Associated Press, Beltran went to Toronto to consult with Dr. Galea
while he was sidelined with his knee injury last summer. He says he’s not worried about the investigation because he
didn’t do anything wrong. This jibes with everything we’ve heard from Reyes, Rodriguez, and Bud Selig.

As of press time there was no comment from Ian O’Connor, mostly because he’s been blinded by apoplectic rage the week’s events. 

  1. onesweetworld - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    So now players are considered guilty of cheating by using legal forms of rehab? This is getting a bit ridiculous

  2. Rays fan - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Nobody’s even been actually accused of anything by the FBI yet; nobody’s been charged with a crime. Dr Galea, however, has long been suspected of illegally dealing HGH. Blood spinning is a still experimental treatment that Olympic athletes, for example, can get special permission through the WADA to use when not in competition to help rehab injuries. That basically leads to Craig’s point about Ian O’Connor’s going nuts over the issue. So far, the FBI is only interviewing these players. It does not mean they did anything wrong; there’s a high likelihood they are not the focus of the investigation. They are a witness list only until further notice.

  3. Stone - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Why are they wasting their time with this crap?

  4. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    The good doctor I believe has said that he did not prescribe or give HGH to any athletes and it was his assistant that got stopped at the border with HGH in his possesion. The experimental drug is called Actvegin I think and comes from calfs blood.
    Dr. Galea has been charged with some type of crimes in his country, but I have not seen the charges listed yet.

  5. Jonny5 - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I have a feeling this will go down like so..
    The good doctor mixed plasma with HGH to draw more athletes to his method of spinning blood because HGH actually works. And of course it would work to help heal quickly if it were. Then you get results of a pseudo method, which is actually working because of the HGH. Not that the athletes knew this, which will probably be up for discussion after the smoke settles… Just more of being “unknowingly injecting themselves with a banned substance”.

  6. Bear - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    By the way, Actovegin was found in the USPS medical kit in 2000. I believe it was banned the next year. It seems to boost oxygen uptake in the blood. It’s an endurance athlete’s thing, so it’s not too likely ballplayers have used this.

  7. Drew - Mar 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    I think the fact that Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes were two of the guys interviewed proves conclusively that this didn’t help players get back on the field quickly.

  8. Joey B - Mar 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    “Why are they wasting their time with this crap?”
    Because an assistant to a doctor that deals with athletes was arrested crossing the border with the drugs, accused the doctors of orchestrating it, and the doctor was also arrested.
    That makes it a sports story.

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