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A-Rod hopes meeting with feds is schedule friendly

Alex Rodriguez warms up for play in the

Alex Rodriguez warms up for play in the first spring training game at the George M. Steinbrenner Field. (March 3, 2010) Credit: Getty

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez expects his meeting with federal authorities to come soon.

"My attorneys are working with authorities right now as we speak on scheduling issues and I intend to cooperate in this manner," Rodriguez said Wednesday.

Rodriguez, who is to discuss his dealings, if any, with alleged HGH doctor Anthony Galea, said his preference is to have the meeting in Tampa.

One option could be Monday's off day, though with A-Rod unlikely to make the nearly three-hour trip to Viera, Fla., Friday for the Nationals' game, that could be an option as well.

"The idea is to schedule something that allows me to cooperate and also get my work in," Rodriguez said. "Obviously doing it here would be fantastic. That's what they're working on right now."

Rodriguez is among the group of baseball players authorities want to interview in their probe of Galea, a Canadian sports medicine doctor who is being investigated for allegedly distributing performance- enhancing drugs.

Galea told The Associated Press Monday that he treated Rodriguez with anti-inflammatories, not human growth hormone, during the third baseman's rehab from hip surgery last year.

Rodriguez, speaking Tuesday, did not confirm or refute Galea's claim. He did not address it Wednesday, though with him not yet having been interviewed, that's not unusual.

Rodriguez said Wednesday that having the issue continuing to hover hasn't bothered him.

"I'm not frustrated," Rodriguez said. "Again, it's not about me. I'm just looking to help and get my work in."

Rodriguez, who said the Yankees had not yet discussed the matter with him, said his attorneys haven't given him anything more than a general sense of when his interview will be.

"I think sooner rather than later," Rodriguez said. "I don't want to say exactly when, but they're having healthy talks and we're going to address this."

He said "absolutely" when asked if he would expound on the issue once he met with the authorities, but added: "You have to be sensitive that there's investigating going on. It's not my place to step in."

Toward the end of his session with reporters, Rodriguez seemed almost relieved to be asked about his hip.

Though his surgeon, Marc Philippon, decided a second surgery would not be needed, Rodriguez said the hip still needs to be watched.

"There's always maintenance," Rodriguez said. "At some point, obviously, I'm going to have to see Philippon and take pictures and all that, but we'll probably plan that for the All-Star break when we go West and go from there. We'll always have to monitor it. Last time he saw it, though, it looked, thank God, really good."


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