Mets SS Reyes meets with FBI

BY foxsports • February 28, 2010

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.

Dr. Anthony Galea, who also has treated golfer Tiger Woods and several other professional athletes, is facing four drug-related charges in his country. Galea's assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September. reported Saturday night that federal officials have told several athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case. The Web site cited three anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.

The New York Times reported in December, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI opened an investigation into Galea based in part on medical records found on his computer relating to several professional athletes.

Reyes said he met with investigators for about 45 minutes at the Mets' spring facility after they contacted him Thursday morning. One of his agents, Chris Leible, also was present.

"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 because I didn't do anything wrong.''

Galea is known for a blood-spinning technique - platelet-rich plasma therapy - that is designed to help athletes recover from injuries. 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 three times.

Reyes said investigators asked him 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.''

Reyes said he felt better for a while after the treatment but his leg still didn't respond when he tried to push it. The shortstop had surgery in October to clean up some scar tissue remaining from a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee.

The Daily News of New York was the first to report Reyes had met with investigators.

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