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A-Rod may be in hot water with the Yankees

Mar 9, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

When the news hit last week that the feds wanted to talk to Alex Rodriguez about Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation, A-Rod said “this was about someone else.”  The impression which was created, whether A-Rod intended to create it with those words or not, was that he never received treatment from Galea. For their part, the Yankees said that they knew nothing about A-Rod being treated by Galea and said that they never authorized such a thing.

Which makes this all rather problematic:

A sports doctor at the centre of drug
investigations in Canada and the United States said Monday he treated
Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees slugger had hip surgery last year and
prescribed anti-inflammatories but not human growth hormone . . . “He had a damaged hip. Inflamed. It was damaged,” Galea said in an
interview at his clinic. “He needed anti-inflammatories for his hip. I
was basically helping in the rehab.”

The Yankees are standing by their statement that they never approved such treatment. Which could be a big problem if the treatment is determined to have been necessary as opposed to elective, because a team is supposed to sign off on necessary treatments (see, Beltran, Carlos).

The New York media went bananas last week trying to turn this into a steroids story.  It’s really not, not even as it applies to A-Rod.  It is, however, starting to look like another one of those A-Rod-lives-to-create-PR-headache stories, and the New York media is really good at going bananas over those too. So it looks like a sleepy spring training in Tampa just woke the hell up.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    For the most part, there’s not much publicity that’s ultimately bad for a team. Any news is a form of free advertising. About the only thing that really turns fans off these days is payroll dumping news. No one will shun the Borg because A-Rod got injections of anti-inflammatories (although next time I would advise him to go to Winn-Dixie and buy himself a couple of bottles of Acai berry juice instead. Got rid of my three-year siege of plantar fasciitis in about two weeks. And I haven’t planted anything since college).

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Come on Craig, you are better than this. Which is more likely, that this is all some PR created mess by Arod, or you could go with this theory, courtesy of Moshe Mandel at RAB:

    Just a note: Galea works with Dr. Lindsay, the doctor who was in charge of A-rod’s rehab. It is doubtful that he sought him out. Rather, it is extremely like that Lindsay referred Alex to Galea.

    And Dr. Lindsay was referred to Alex by Dr. Philippon, who performed the hip surgery.

  3. Jonny5 - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    How’d I do? Do I sound like a Yankee fan yet? ;>P

  4. YankeesfanLen - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    No, not yet Jonny, but at least you’re practising.

  5. Jeff J. Snider - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Yeah, because when I make a list of “Common Characteristics of Yankee Fans,” number one is always “really nice to A-Rod.”

  6. Alex K - Mar 9, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Acai berry juice helped your plantar fasciitis? I might have to check this out. I’m locked in a struggle with it as well. How long did you have to rest it? I want the foot pain to go away, but it’s also not bad enough, with the right shoes, that it bothers me while I run.

  7. Union - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I’m surprised no one would ask why go to Canada for anti-inflammatories? I mean really, can’t you get that at your local pharmacies?

  8. Jonny5 - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Thank you for your encouraging words Len. I will keep trying. DEREK JETA FA PRESIDENT!!!!! Woo hoo!!! Now I’m warming up!

  9. Dan in Katonah - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    I also suppose they don’t have doctor-patient confidentiality in Canada.

  10. Jonny5 - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Union, I think we all know why that is at this point. Not that it will ever become official, But it’s pretty clear he was getting his blood spun with a side order of HGH to get back into the game faster. Why else go to Canada for treatment? To the known HGH doc at that. We’ll get more “I don’t know what he stuck me with, Honestly” from A-rod if this gets any deeper.

  11. gwilly - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    You know what works about as good as acai berry juice? Placebos.

  12. Grant - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    So, what can the Yankees do? Can they void his contract? Even if they could, would they? Seems like a non-issue. Baseball players have pretty great job security once that bad boy is inked.

  13. Keith - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    What do you mean this is not a steroids story? Oh it is a HGH story. Just like the steroid period most of the press, the union, & baseball tries to sweep this under the rug. Should we actually believe that A-Rod goes to a Canadian doctor for anti-inflammatories when he has available the best doctors that the Yankees can supply.
    If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, it is probably a duck. A-Rod is probably taking HGH. But Bud does not want to test it because A-Rod and the Yankees doing good is good for baseball. They have never cared about the integrity of the game, just he profits.

  14. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Okay, peer through the incipient facetiousness of my forthcoming remarks for the hard cold reality, which for a change is good stuff. Acai berry juice didn’t help my fasciitis, it got rid of it. I had the miserable thing for three years. The prospect of walking down an airport concourse kept me up at night. If you’ve got it, you know the drill.
    First of all, Acai’s gotten a bit of a quack reputation because New Age types are always so fast to elaborate a fruit or veggie or vitamin’s real properties into a whole constellation of miracles. In the case of Acai, they made it into some kind of weight loss miracle, which it ain’t. But it is just full of polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory antioxidants – in heavier and unique concentrations. You do have to keep it refrigerated. Even at modest room temperatures, a lot of the nutrients in it will break down quickly.
    I used a three-pronged approach recommended by my chiropractor and by my personal trainer. (1) I did tendon-stretching exercises every morning before getting out of bed: sit up, grab your toes, and pull your feet back to stretch out your heels. (2) I iced the goddamned heels using cold gel packs (or if travelling, plastic bags full of ice from the hotel icemaker wrapped in a bedsheet or some such thing; (3) two 8-oz. bottles of Acai berry juice every day, one first thing in the morning (it’s thick so it’s great to use to wash down your vitamins and supplements) and one with dinner. I’d been doing (1) and (2) for years with only temporary relief, but two weeks after I started drinking the Acai the pain was gone solid gone, like the song says, and it hasn’t come back for three years now – not even a hint of it. I then backed off to one bottle per day in the morning with my vitamins. FYI I have also noticed that I don’t pull tendons or ligaments in my arms or elbows when weightlifting nearly as much as I used to, and whereas I used to get bad back spasms about once every couple of months, I haven’t had any of those either since I started drinking this stuff. Also, if your gums bleed a little when you brush your teeth, that will stop as well. This is very good stuff. At 60, I’m real pleased with this. Next to Viagra, it’s nature’s greatest gift to middle age.
    I have tried a half dozen brands of Acai but have settled on Sambazon as the best of ’em. It’s organic, there are about ten flavors by now (with blueberry, mango, strawberry, wheatgrass etc.), all really tasty. Kinda like blackberry and cocoa. You can also buy 24-ounce bottles but the smaller ones are like measured doses. The one flavor I avoid is “Rio Energy” because it contains guarana, which is really just caffeine from a berry related to coffee. If you need a kickstart some mornings it’s not a bad thing but I generally avoid stimulants other than females.
    Acai makes terrific smoothies too. I dump a bottle into the blender with a banana, a few tablespoons of yogurt, some blueberries or strawberries or whatever, a little soy or almond milk, a shot of wheatgrass juice, a scoop of whey protein and a tablespoon of wheat bran. That’s breakfast. You can also buy the frozen berry pulp at Whole Foods Market or at your local overpriced co-op or health food emporium for smoothie work. A little cheaper that way, and if you work out, it’s a great recovery drink recipe.
    Just FYI, the “marketing” side of the Acai issue is just polluted by claims and counterclaims. If you want to do some research, look for university laboratory analyses and independent journal articles about the nutritional value of the stuff. Don’t get distracted by “Acai exposed!” web sites – most of them are run by people who are actually selling competing products like Goji berry that aren’t nearly as nutritious. But it’s worth looking into. This is great stuff.

  15. YANKEES1996 - Mar 9, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    There is another press release coming that says Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes have been using HGH for over 5 years, smuggling Actovegin into the US and having their blood spun without the knowledge of the Mets ownership, medical staff, kitchen staff, groundskeeping staff and the ticket agents at their spring training complex. That is liable to be a much bigger story than Galea writing A-Rod a prescription for anti-inflamatory drugs, maybe. I’m thinking the Mets will probably void their contracts and sue them for breach of contract and may offer their advice to President Obama about US healthcare reform, at the very least. There is also a rumbling in baseball that Bobby Valentine may have been involved in tapping calfs for blood which he later sent to Dr.Galea in exchange for Canadian green stamps when he was the manager of the Mets. Now that you’ve read all that garbage doesn’t speculation sound utterly stupid!

  16. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    It does indeed. Some people just aren’t satisfied with reality. As far as I’m concerned, you can say what you like about reality, but it remains the best place to get a steak. Preferably, wagyu au poivre.

  17. Alex K - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Thanks for the info. I’ve really only been dealing with it for a couple months, but it can be really painful. I’m already doing some stretching, no ice. I’ll look more into the Acai berry. I was under the impression that it was just a “weight loss miracle” thing.

  18. IdahoMariner - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    so last week the Mariners were talking about having our catcher Rob Johnson (who just had the same hip surgery A-Rod had, but on both hips)call A-Rod for rehab tips…I’m thinking they’ve changed their minds about that one.

  19. Jonny5 - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah because the FBI has nothing better to do than to bother A-rod when we have the other silly issues to deal with for homeland security and whatnot. He must be an object of their fantasy after all.

  20. Old gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Yeah, it is miserable – and it can really flare up sometimes to the extent that you can barely walk. I neglected to add that I bought those Dr. Scholl’s cushioned heels for my shoes. They really help too. There are also sole inserts that keep your foot arched properly inside your shoes and keep the plantar tendon stretched, which also helps a lot. Check with an orthopedist or go to a good athlete’s shoe store or runner’s shop and ask for the inserts. They’re not expensive at all. They’ll feel a little odd at first but after the second day you won’t notice them.
    I don’t know where the “weight loss” thing got started, because I am unaware of any legitimate research that verified it. I also think that you should stick to the frozen pulp and juice because, as I mentioned above, a lot of the best chemicals in the berry biodegrade rapidly once they’re picked. Processing the stuff for capsules and pills or candy chews really can’t preserve those substances so I would have to think much of the value gets lost. That, and of course, the “open market,” such as it is, breeds scams the way the floor of a gym shower breeds athlete’s foot fungus. A little discretion and research goes a long way in making choices about nutrition.

  21. Alex K - Mar 9, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I think it was Oprah that started the weight loss thing. If it happens to help me with that too, I won’t mind.
    My friend, a Physical Therapist, has mentioned the inserts before as well. I think he actually wears some also. I try to avoid the running shop because I spend at least a hundred dollars everytime I go there. The pain is getting to the point now where I don’t think I can ignore the advice anymore. I could stop running everyday…..but I’m not sure my wife would want to deal with me if I did.

  22. Joey B - Mar 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    “Now that you’ve read all that garbage doesn’t speculation sound utterly stupid!”
    Only if all speculation is created equal. If you see someone that is drunk every day, passed out, then I think it is reasonable to speculate that he is drunk and passed out. If it someone that doesn’t drink, then it is not reasonable to make the same assumption.
    If someone is a known PEDs user, visits a doctor outside the country, without informing his team, or the doctor that is in charge of his surgery and after-care, and says he flew to this doctor to get an anti-inflammatory, and said doctor deals in HGH, then I’m not even sure this counts as speculation. I’m a RS fan. If Papi flew up to Canada under the same circumstances, I wouldn’t think twice about assuming he was taking HGH.
    If you were a wagering man, would you be betting on innocent or guilty? It really is a slamdunk.

  23. willmose - Mar 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    The Yankees didn’t want to know about. Here is putting two and two together. Last year A-Rod had hip surgery. According the doctor it was just temporary fix. More extensive surgery would be required. Hallelujah! It’s a miracle A-Rod’s hip muscle got better on its own so no more surgery was needed. Did I miss A-Rod’s trip to Lourdes? HGH is best at growing new muscle. Could that be how the miracle happened? Personally, I have no problem with this, as the HGH was used to repair an injury (like Pettite did). It is however against the rules. Is this why Selig suddenly doesn’t like the HGH test? Could it be the Yankees don’t want be with A-Rod?

  24. YANKEES1996 - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    It is the assumptions that you make that are the most aggravating about these stories of all players not just A-Rod. Here is a true but unusual story about what assuming can get you.
    Several years ago a man I worked with got a call to respond to a disturbance call at a local restaurant / bar. When he arrived the owner told him that a certain gentleman was obviously drunk and combative and he had asked him to leave the establishment, which the gentleman refused to do. The man I worked with approached the man and also assumed he was drunk because he apperaed unsteady on his feet and was speaking loudly. The man I knew laid hands on the gentleman and attempted to escort him from the establishment when the man spun away from him and fell, he figured he was trying to be combative. Well he did get the man to the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant finally and the man was yelling and falling all over the place the entire time, the altercation then turned violent and the man was struck several times and was forcibly restrained and arrested. The man was taken to a hospital to have a B.A.C. test done and it was discovered that he was diabetic and his condition was a result of his diabetes. Well the entire episode was investigated and the man I worked with was fired as a result and there were lawsuits everywhere. It turns out that the man had actually asked a restaurant employee to call an ambulance for him as he was not feeling well but everyone including the restaurant owner, several employees, my friend and number of on-lookers had all simply thought the man was drunk.

  25. Rick - Mar 9, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Didn’t he hit a HR on his first AB after the hip surgery?

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