Mar
08

Report: A-Rod was treated by Dr. Galea

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Via the AP, Alex Rodriguez received treatment from Dr. Anthony Galea for his hip last spring. Galea is currently under investigation for supplying human growth hormone to athletes, though he maintains that he prescribed nothing more than anti-inflammatories for A-Rod‘s troublesome hip. The Yanks’ third baseman has already said he’ll cooperate with federal authorities, and I suspect this will get made into a bigger story than it really is. What else is new in the world of Alex Rodriguez.

Categories : Asides, STEROIDS!

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  1. Moshe Mandel says:

    Just a note: Galea works with Dr. Lindsay, the doctor who was in charge of A-Rod’s rehab. It is doubtful that he sought him out. Rather, it is extremely likely that Lindsay referred Alex to Galea.

  2. T-Dubs says:

    Does he have a very muscular daughter? Might help explain things.

  3. A.D. says:

    just never stops.

  4. Mike HC says:

    So he was supplying illegal PED’s to other athletes, but only prescribed anti inflammatories to A-Rod. ha. I mean, on the long shot that this is true, I would be pissed if I was A-Rod!! I mean, why hold out on the good stuff, ha.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      Long shot? He was actually a practicing doctor, with tons of patients who probably did not get HGH. His partner was well regarded enough that Dr. Phillipon, a leader in his field, tapped him to take care of Alex’s rehab.

      • Mike HC says:

        I am just extremely skeptical and assume that A-Rod has been doing illegal shit and still is. HIm along with many others. I obviously can’t prove it and I would just be making wild accusations. But that is just what I think.

      • radnom says:

        On the flip side, the dude is under fire for practicing medicine without a license and readily admits to taking HGH himself (dude is jacked).

        I’m not sure how reputable he is in medical circles (he may be, just seems a little sketch to me).

        • Moshe Mandel says:

          Oh, the guy is certainly shady, and it is possible A-Rod got HGH. I just thought the “long-shot” comment was too strong. Galea is partners with Lindsay, who the Yankees allowed to run A-Rod’s rehab. A perfectly legit connection to Galea exists.

          • radnom says:


            I just thought the “long-shot” comment was too strong

            Agreed.

            • Shits and Giggles says:

              I just thought the “long-shot” comment was too strong

              That comment was right on. Take off the Yankee colored glasses for a minute.

      • Chris C. says:

        So why did AROD lie to the Yankees in December when they asked him if he saw Dr. Galea?? Imagine getting paid all that money, and you don’t tell your employer which physician you’re seeing?

      • Chris C. says:

        “Long shot? He was actually a practicing doctor, with tons of patients who probably did not get HGH.”

        Yeah, CPA’s, restaurant owners, librarians, marketing directors, computer analysts, and Dr. Galea. Those are the only people who received HGH.

        But it was totally kept away from the atheletes, because there’d be no benefit to them taking it in their professions.

    • Vinny says:

      Mike HC,

      Does the term moron mean anything to you?

      • Mike HC says:

        haha. In this context, I assume you mean that I am the moron. Because it is clearly moronic to assume that someone who has already admitted to using illegal drugs for a period of several years, is still using illegal drugs. Especially when they have been connected to another doctor who has given out PED’s to other athletes. I must be a huge moron.

  5. Michael says:

    Ruh Roh

  6. Steve H says:

    I suspect this will get made into a bigger story than it really is. What else is new in the world of Alex Rodriguez.

    Repeated for emphasis. With A-Rod, this crap is going to happen, everyone just needs to deal with it. If he kills a mosquito, PETA will be after him. If he drinks from a plastic bottle, Green Peace will be after him. Can you imagine how much different Michael Jordan’s career would be if he played today, in the internet era? How many cell phone pictures we’d see of Jordan in a Casino, with women, etc., etc, etc.

    It’s news with A-Rod because A-Rod is great.

    • radnom says:

      It was a story before Arod.

      It started with Tiger Woods. Remained a story when Reyes and Beltran were brought up. Now Alex is carrying the focus for a while.

      Don’t make it out like a witch hunt. Prominent athletes connected to someone getting busted for HGH is a legitimate story. It would be (almost) just as big if you inserted a different all star for Arod.

      • Steve H says:

        Sorry, I wasn’t implying it’s a story only because of A-Rod. What I mean is that anything A-Rod does is going to be a big story. But the Reyes/Beltran parts of the story are clearly smaller than the A-Rod parts. And David Ortiz failed a steroid test, which 95% of the world conveniently forgot.

        • bexarama says:

          He’s gonna find the real killers one of these days and then you’re going to look silly, Steve.

          • Steve H says:

            Once he finds the real killers, he’s going to tackle global warming. Then hunger. Then he’ll work on the cure for cancer.

          • Tom Zig says:

            That’s an interesting video, bex. I wonder if Schilling took HGH to recover from that ankle surgery…hmmmmm.

            • bexarama says:

              Thanks. It’s one of my all-time favorite Yankee moments and I was just sort of browsing old highlights after the game today and I found it.

              I’m pretty blase about steroids but if it turns out Schilling used them or HGH, I’m having a frigging party at my house and everyone is invited.

              • Tom Zig says:

                Another good one was a go-ahead HR by A-rod off Papelbon in Fenway in the rain. (don’t remember the year)

        • radnom says:

          I’m not sure what you mean then. You seem to be implying that Arod’s treated unfairly by the media, but this is nothing like those examples you listed. Arod, a confirmed PED user, we recently treated by a doctor who got busted for HGH. That is a story, it isn’t like if this didn’t happen the media would find something else to run with just to ‘get’ Arod.
          Obviously there is more interest when he is involved in a story. He is a better player than everyone else. I don’t know why people think this is unfair. In regards to Arod vs. Ortiz failing a steroid test, I am not surprised at all that much more focus was put on the all time great player still at the top of the game poised to break baseball’s biggest record as opposed to the washed up slugger who had a relatively short window of productivity.

          • Steve H says:

            In regards to Arod vs. Ortiz failing a steroid test, I am not surprised at all that much more focus was put on the all time great player still at the top of the game poised to break baseball’s biggest record as opposed to the washed up slugger who had a relatively short window of productivity.

            That’s exactly what I’m talking about. A-Rod isn’t being treated unfairly by the media, but as fans to expect him to be controversy free is shortsighted. No matter what, he will not be controversy free for the rest of his career, it’s just something he, the Yankees, and the fans have to deal with. It’s the price he pays for being an all-time great.

            • radnom says:

              I agree with you half way. The fact that stuff gets magnified/hunted out (aka Selena Roberts) is the price for being an all-time great.
              But part of it is Arod as well. Maybe it is bad luck, but it is possible to be an all time great and keep your nose clean.

            • Michael says:

              No, that’s the price he pays for having cheated.

        • Chris C. says:

          “Sorry, I wasn’t implying it’s a story only because of A-Rod.”

          Oh, don’t pull that shit now, pal. That’s EXACTLY what you were doing! Then you cited examples of him being picked on. Give me a break.

          If AROD doesn’t want to become the story, he should stop hanging around seedy people. But the problem is, AROD HIMSELF is seedy.

          “But the Reyes/Beltran parts of the story are clearly smaller than the A-Rod parts.”

          They were on the back cover of the POST for about a week and a half. It it is smaller than AROD, it is because they have never been linked to roids in the past, and they are not nearly as large in status.

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      I don’t know that this is true. For example, “breaking news” today about Allen Iverson’s alcohol and gambling problems. Tiger Woods’ stuff didn’t come out until he crashed his car high on Ambien and had to be driven away in an ambulance. Darrent Williams/Brandon Marshall details going unknown for 2 years.

      ARod’s stuff comes out because he’s sloppy with it.

      • radnom says:

        That and he isn’t media savy. Getting the media to like you goes a long way towards keeping things buried (wish it were not the case, but it clearly is).

  7. Partial ist of MLB players outed for use of HgH (but not in combination with steroids):

    Andy Pettitte
    Gary Bennett
    Matt Herges
    Jerry Hairston, Jr.
    Jim Parque
    Fernando Viña
    Rick Ankiel
    Jose Guillen
    Darren Holmes
    Gary Matthews Jr.
    Mike Bell
    Jason Christiansen
    Howie Clark
    Chris Donnells
    Paul LoDuca
    Glenallen Hill

    With the exception of Pettitte, virtually everyone busted for HgH without explicit links to steroids or testosterone has something in common: they all suck.

    HgH is not a performance enhancing substance. It may speed recovery post-surgery, possibly… that’s about it. It’s not going to make you a better baseball player. It’s not even like speed or greenies in that it keeps you fresher and thus better during the slog of the season; it just helps you recover from major injuries.

    Maybe.

    • Drew says:

      It helps you recover from major injuries, as you said. It also helps speed muscle recovery. Which, in turn can help you workout more, which may help you perform at a higher level on the baseball field.

    • radnom says:

      Sorry but no one here is really qualified to make a definitive on the athletic benefits of HGH (or lack thereof) considering there is no definitive answer amongst medical professionals. Regarding that list, you see a similar trend if you read through the Mitchell Report. Almost everyone in there is terrible. There is a reason they call them Performance Enhancers and nor Performance Creators. Physical beastlyness only gets you so far in baseball. You’ve still got to have the skills.

      • Sorry but no one here is really qualified to make a definitive on the athletic benefits of HGH (or lack thereof) considering there is no definitive answer amongst medical professionals.

        Most of the research on HGH has been done on the elderly, not elite athletes, but studies have shown that while the drug might grow the size of a muscle, it is not associated with a spike in strength. In a 2004 review of the literature that was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and written as a guide for team doctors, the authors concluded that “there is no evidence that growth hormone supplementation will lead to an increase in performance.”…

        [snip]

        None of the studies so far has shown that the benefits provided by growth hormone supplementation are long lived, he said. “My advice to any patient who wants to use it for sports injuries is, don’t take it,” Melmed said. “There is no proof it is going to help and, with unnecessary growth hormone, you can do yourself a lot of harm.

        The scientific/medical community is pretty much in agreement on that point.

        HgH has benefits to unhealthy adults who suffer from natural growth hormone deficiencies, but for healthy adults, adding HgH isn’t going to make you any stronger/faster/quicker/better in any athletic way. It may make your muscles look larger, but those muscles won’t actually work any better, which is the key point.

        • Drew says:

          No “spike in strength” and “won’t work any better” are two different deals.

          When your muscles become enlarged they fill with blood/water. That extra blood coursing through muscle fibers carry more nutrients to a healing/recovering muscle which has obvious advantages.

          The spike in strength thing is just saying, unlike anabolic steroids, you won’t immediately gain strength from it’s use. Over time though, it’s arguable that HGH can help you work harder, longer and more often which can lead to an eventual increase in strength. Not necessarily attainable without it’s use.

        • radnom says:

          You are simplifying the issue to fit your viewpoint, but the fact remains that there is evidence that it aids in injury recovery as well a prevention. That is an advantage, no matter how you slice it. It isn’t about strength, we have steroids for that. Now there is certainly debate as too how much HGH helps in these areas (which is what I meant by no definitive answer) but it isn’t exactly something thats easy to test. In the article you cited the only lab studies had been done on the elderly, where HGH treatment is reasonable. This is why we have shady doctors basing treatments for elite athletes on their own observations/experience.

    • Thomas says:

      HGH could be a performing substance or it may not be.

      Many of these players suck and there is no doubt about it. However, their suckage may be lessened with HGH (or it may not). For example, Bennett with HGH may have been a backup catcher with a 64 OPS+, but without it he may have been a minor leaguer.

      Also, some of there players have other fatal flaws that HGH is unlikely to correct. HGH won’t fix Jose Guillen’s desire to swing at every pitch. It won’t fix Jim Parque’s inability to throw strikes.

      Some of these players (Ankiel, Matthews, LoDuca) also have the standard sudden improvement in performance, which may be attributed to HGH. They may have only been temporary, because they may stopped using it or the league may have adjusted, but HGH may have helped them (or it may not have).

      As we often say with a player sucking for a month, this is a small sample size. There simply aren’t enough player to draw any sort of significant correlation between HGH and performance. It may help, it may not help, or like steroids it may only help to a certain point (e.g. a crappy player like Alex Sanchez who takes steroids may improve but is still a crappy player).

      Also, Glenallen Hill didn’t suck. He has a 112OPS+ over 13 seasons. And even if he did suck, he was so cool that he still wouldn’t suck.

  8. Chris C. says:

    Listen…….any story linking AROD to a steroid source is true. The sooner you come to accept this, the less time you’ll spend trying to dispell it. If a guy with a propensity for roids hooks up with a doctor with a propensity to administer them, there’s some roids going on!!

    Because you know what? It doesn’t matter anyway. Whether the guy received roids for 3 years from 2 doctors, or 25 years from 10 doctors makes no difference.

    It’s like linking AROD and Madonna together, but not thinking any sex was going on because he assured us all they were just friends.
    Imagine those two ONLY being friends.

  9. JoeyH says:

    Two ways to look at this.
    1) He did not get any sort of PED, he wouldn’t be stupid enough to do that right after the scandal broke out.
    2) He did get some sort of PED, who cares? He already is labeled as a juicer and if they can’t detect it in his system then he can just deny it till the end and not receive any sort of suspension.

  10. YankeesJunkie says:

    HGH and steroids help muscle recovery. That means that players can recover from injury faster, workout more, which leads to more strength and maybe even more stamina which is huge in any sport. However, steroids and HGH is not the beginning of cheating in baseball considering there have been greenies, scuffed balls, etc throughout the history of baseball. To assume that A-Rod got steroids from this guy is not the right course of action it is something to be suspicious of. However, if he was recommended by other doctors rather than seeking him out I think that makes there a little less chnce of A-Rod of trying to get steroids or HGH. Hopefully baseball will enact blood testing in the next CBA which will really help curb the use of HGH and other drugs that can be detected only by blood.

  11. Having played the game Operation, I’m uniquely qualified to say without a doubt, HGH turns everyday guys like Brady Anderson into The Hulk.

    If not for HGH, A-Rod would be picking up dog shit in Washington Heights every morning.

  12. Poopy Pants says:

    Why couldn’t Galea remove that Aaron Neville thing on Beltran’s face?

  13. The Three Amigos says:

    Wasn’t Arod tested for this stuff last year? I understand that they didn’t have a test for HGH until now, however they could measure the amount of HGH in your system to the average amount…?

  14. Joe S says:

    This smells worse than a hooker’s snatch… aka not good

  15. Michael says:

    You make 30 million dollars a year, and you’re an American.
    Where do you go if you should need medical attention?

    Canada. That makes perfect sense.

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