Alex Rodriguez acknowledged this afternoon that he is participating in federal investigation into Dr. Tony Galea.
“I’m aware of an investigation and I plan on cooperating,” he said.
Rodriguez would not say whether he’s been in contact with Dr. Galea and said he’s not sure when he will meet with investigators.
“I can’t really get into that,” Rodriguez said. “I know that you guys have to ask those questions, but I have to speak to those guys first and then you guys will know, pretty much all at the same time.”
This time, Rodriguez is not at the center of the story. He seems linked to Dr. Galea through Dr. Mark Lindsay, who managed Rodriguez’s hip rehab. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has already been interviewed as part of the investigation.
“This is about someone else,” Rodriguez said. “I’m going to cooperate as best I can and focus on baseball.”
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Statement from the Yankees.
“The New York Yankees have not been contacted with regard to an investigation of Dr. Tony Galea. The Yankees never authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex Rodriguez, nor do we have any knowledge of any such treatment. The Yankees authorized Dr. Marc Philippon to operate on Alex and oversee his rehabilitation. At the request of Dr. Philippon, we also authorized Dr. Mark Lindsay to supervise the daily rehabilitation program established by Dr. Philippon. We will continue to monitor the situation.”