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A-Rod: Nothing new to report on alleged HGH doc

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez removes

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez removes his batting helmet before a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (March 6, 2010) Credit: AP

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez didn't have much to say the day after a Canadian doctor under investigation in Canada and the United States said he treated the third baseman last year during his rehab.

But A-Rod did say he was "at ease" with things.

Rodriguez, speaking briefly at his locker in the Yankees' clubhouse Tuesday morning, did not refute, or confirm for that matter, the claim of Anthony Galea, a sports medicine doctor facing multiple charges, including the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, that he treated Rodriguez with anti-inflammatories.

"I have nothing new to report," Rodriguez said.

Asked if he wasn't talking because he doesn't want to talk or that he has been told not to, Rodriguez paused and laughed.

"I think the latter," he said.

Though Rodriguez has been criticized for not talking at length in the past week, rarely, if at all, do individuals involved in such inquiries speak publicly before meeting with investigators.

The Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran each talked recently about their interviews with authorities relating to the same case, but did so only after their sessions with investigators.

Rodriguez said last week he had been contacted by federal authorities and planned to cooperate but said Tuesday he was still not aware when or where the interview would take place.

Rockies closer Huston Street said Tuesday that federal authorities have contacted him about Galea. Street says he visited Galea in Toronto in 2007 and 2008 while the righthander was playing for the Oakland Athletics.

He was looking for help with an irritated nerve in his elbow, then problems with his hip and quadriceps. Street says he received oxygen therapy from Galea but most of the treatment he got was chiropractic.

Galea told The Associated Press on Monday that he has never given HGH to any athlete and that he treated Rodriguez with anti-inflammatories while the third baseman was recovering from hip surgery.

The doctor who performed that surgery, Marc Philippon, told The New York Times on Monday that he did not know of Galea having treated Rodriguez until Galea's statements to the AP.

The Yankees privately have expressed irritation with Rodriguez regarding his connection to Galea and they'll have plenty of questions for him once he talks to investigators, the primary of which might be why he didn't tell them about possibly seeking medical help outside the club.

Publicly, the Yankees have declined to comment beyond the statement they released last week after Rodriguez said he had been contacted by, and would cooperate with, federal authorities investigating Galea.

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking Tuesday after the announcement of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the Stadium, declined to elaborate on the statement in which the Yankees essentially distanced themselves from Galea, saying they never "authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex Rodriguez nor do we have any knowledge of any such treatment."

"There's really nothing more to say than what we said last week," Steinbrenner said. "We didn't know Alex was seeing this doctor. I'm told that he's going to cooperate with the authorities in full, answer some questions for them. Until that's done, there's not much to add."

Rodriguez said Tuesday he had not spoken to Beltran or Reyes, and also said he was not frustrated that others in the case have started to speak out.

"I'm at ease no matter what," Rodriguez said. "But like I said, I have nothing else to add."

Asked if he would just as soon get the matter over with, he nodded.


With Ken Davidoff and AP


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