New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week regarding a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug.
Dr. Anthony Galea is facing four charges in his country related to the drug known as Actovegin, which is extracted from calf’s blood and used for healing. His assistant has been charged in the United States for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.
Galea is known for using a blood-spinning technique – platelet-rich plasma therapy – designed to speed recovery from injuries. Besides Reyes, he also has treated Tiger Woods and several other professional athletes.
“They just asked me basically how I met the guy and stuff like that and what he put in my body,” Reyes said. “I explained to them what he (was) doing. ... I don’t worry about anything. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
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SI.com reported Saturday night that federal officials have told several athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case.
Reyes said he met with investigators from the FBI for about 45 minutes at the Mets’ spring facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Reyes, who missed much of last season with right leg problems, said he spent five days in Toronto in September and was treated by Galea. The shortstop was asked by investigators if he used HGH.
“They asked me if he injected me with that. I say ‘No,’ ” Reyes said. “What we do there, basically, he took my blood out, put it in some machines, spin it out and put it back in my leg. So I explained to them that.”
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