Earlier today we learned that the controversial Canadian doctor Anthony Galea told The AP that he did, in fact, treat Alex Rodriguez after A-Rod’s hip surgery last year. A-Rod’s surgeon, Marc Phillipon, told The Times he never authorized Galea to work with Rodriguez and the Yankees are already on record saying they have no knowledge – and, more importantly, gave no permission – for A-Rod to work with Galea.
Galea says he only gave A-Rod anti-inflammatory medication and not human growth hormone, and Rodriguez has continued to stay quiet when asked about when he will meet with FBI officials investigating Galea. A-Rod is one of several athletes connected to Galea (Tiger Woods, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes are among the others).
Beyond the obvious questions about whether Rodriguez could get himself in “real-life” trouble (a perjury charge, for example) are the baseball questions: How long will this investigation continue and will it be any kind of distraction for Rodriguez? A year ago, A-Rod enjoyed a year that – once he came back in May – was largely controversy-free. To say that didn’t help Rodriguez enjoy a terrific season and postseason would be naive. If he’s hounded by investigators, press and allegations throughout 2010, will it affect his play?
There is also the question of what, if anything, this means for Rodriguez’s relationship with the Yankees. Here’s what I know: many Yankees officials are tired of these kinds of issues surrounding Rodriguez. The Yankees have stuck to their party line about not asking A-Rod anything until he’s done dealing with the FBI, but at some point there will be conversation about what, exactly, A-Rod did and whether it was a violation of his contract with the team. Remember, the Yankees say they didn’t approve him working with Galea.
There are no obvious answers for these questions yet and maybe Rodriguez will be able to deal with it and have it fade away like last year’s steroids issues did. Legal issues like this, however, often have a way of lingering. Today, A-Rod said “nada, nada, nothing” when asked if anything was new regarding the FBI; at some point, he’ll have to come up with a better answer than that.
That’s probably it for the blogging tonight. Thanks to everyone for reading today. Back at it tomorrow with a game against the Pirates at The Boss. Check in all day for updates.