Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran talked to federal investigators last week about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug and said he recommended the physician to teammate Jose Reyes.
Beltran went to Toronto last summer seeking Dr. Anthony Galea’s opinion on his bruised right knee, the All-Star said Tuesday. He worked with Galea for a month and felt better following a rehab program, but his knee regressed when he went home to Puerto Rico.
“I have nothing to worry (about), nothing to hide,” Beltran said. “I just went there for an opinion for my knee.”
Galea is facing four charges in Canada related to the drug known as Actovegin, which is extracted from calf’s blood and used for healing. His assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.
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Investigators talked to Reyes last week. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said Monday that he had been contacted about the probe.
Galea is known for using a blood-spinning technique — platelet-rich plasma therapy — designed to speed recovery from injuries.
Upton close to deal?
The Arizona Diamondbacks and young All-Star outfielder Justin Upton are closing in on a six-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
The deal would be worth just over $50 million, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.
Chamberlain doesn’t throw
New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain had his bullpen session pushed back by at least one day because of flulike symptoms.
If Chamberlain can’t take the mound today, he would likely have his first spring training appearance delayed.
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman dropped another strong hint that right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in June’s amateur draft, is destined to start the season in the minor leagues. “It’s just more challenging to pitch in Double-A or Triple-A in April than it is in spring training in March. We get a better read,” Riggleman said. … Houston All-Star first baseman Lance Berkman is likely to miss the Astros’ spring training opener Thursday after bruising his left knee. … Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street is experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder, a condition he calls normal for this point in spring training and one he said is improving. ... Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss the team’s exhibition opener Thursday because of a bruised left shoulder. ... Luke Hochevar, the overall No. 1 draft pick in the 2006 amateur draft, agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals that will pay him $1.76 million in the major leagues.