But at a time when he's trying to rehabilitate his right leg and restore his good name, Jose Reyes certainly doesn't want the Tiger connection right now. And, the Mets' shortstop stressed, he has done nothing wrong.
Reyes confirmed a New York Times report that he went to see Dr. Anthony Galea last August in Toronto to try a process called platelet-rich plasma therapy on the ailing leg. But the process didn't help, and Reyes said he neither did nor saw anything illegal.
"I don't have anything to be concerned about," Reyes told Newsday Wednesday. "What he did was take my blood out and put it back in."
The Times reported that Galea is under investigation by U.S. and Canadian authorities concerning his potential distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. Woods also has been treated by Galea.
Reyes said that his agent, Peter Greenberg, informed him of the latest news about Galea, and that Reyes was surprised. Said Reyes: "I didn't know anything about that. I went there because we heard a lot of good things about that guy."
Because Galea's treatment didn't help, Reyes wound up having surgery on his right hamstring tendon. He reiterated that he would be at full strength by spring training.
Dr. Galea, who has treated Woods, Reyes and many other pro athletes, was charged by Canadian authorities with selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.
Galea was arrested Oct. 15 in Toronto.