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Rodriguez still set to speak with investigators

Alex Rodriguez will meet with federal investigators in

Alex Rodriguez will meet with federal investigators in Buffalo to discuss his association with a Canadian doctor who has been linked to human growth hormone. (Feb. 25, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

BUFFALO - Alex Rodriguez still was scheduled to speak with federal investigators here Friday regarding a Toronto doctor who treated him after his hip surgery in March 2009.

An FBI spokesman declined comment, but the Yankees still were expecting Rodriguez to leave the team in Tampa and meet with authorities investigating Anthony Galea, a sports medicine expert who has treated numerous athletes.

MaryAnne Catalano, Galea's assistant, was stopped while crossing the border in September in a car containing syringes and drugs, including human growth hormone. Catalano reportedly is cooperating with authorities on both sides of the border, and Galea faces four drug-related charges in Canada.

A-Rod declined to answer questions Wednesday about his sitdown with investigators. Galea told The Associated Press March 8 that he treated him with anti-inflammatory drugs after he had arthroscopic hip surgery.

Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes have spoken to investigators regarding their dealings with Galea. The players are not under investigation and simply are witnesses at this point, unless they lie to investigators about the treatment they received.

A Major League Baseball spokesman declined comment when asked if commissioner Bud Selig will meet with A-Rod.

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