Agents ask Reyes about doctor
Mets shortstop anticipates no further discussions with feds
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jose Reyes believes he has completed his involvement with federal agents who are investigating a Canada-based associate who is suspected of drug violations, specifically an attempt to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States from Canada.
The report, which was published in the Sunday edition of The New York Daily News, stated that Reyes was interviewed by federal agents who wanted to know the treatment he was receiving from the doctor in question. The Mets were aware of the situation, director of media relations Jay Horwitz said when asked by the News. The newspaper attributed its information about Reyes to a source close to the investigation of Tony Galea, a person whose medical credentials have been questioned.
Reyes said on Sunday morning that he had been questioned Thursday at the Mets' complex. The interview had come as a surprise to him, he said.
"Now that I did, I'm free," Reyes said. "They said I'm done. Good."
Reyes told the agents he hadn't been involved with HGH and injections of any sort.
"I don't want to put anything into my body," Reyes said. "No shots."
His connection to Galea, Reyes said, involves only a legal process known as "blood spinning" that is supposed to accelerate healing. Galea is said to have pioneered the process. Reyes sought Galea's help in Toronto last summer when he was assigned to the disabled list because of an injury to the hamstring tendon in his right leg. The treatment, Reyes said, didn't have the desired effect.
"I felt a little better right away," Reyes said. "But as soon as I started running again ... pain. It didn't work. I finally had to get the surgery."
The News reported Reyes is believed to have told investigators that he used only the blood-spinning or platelet-rich therapy treatment. It characterized Reyes as expecting to have no additional involvement with the federal agents.
Reyes had denied in a December interview with New York radio station WFAN that he received HGH or other drugs from Galea.
"No, no, no, nothing like that," Reyes said then. "He treated me. I went there. He just did like, PLP treatment for me. It was my own blood."
Galea came under suspicion in September, the News reported, when an associate, MaryAnne Catalano, was stopped at the border with an assortment of drugs in her car that she told customs agents belonged to Galea. Syringes, vials and various drugs were seized from a car. She also told investigators that Galea had provided HGH to professional athletes and that he had no medical license in the United States. The paper reported Galea is under investigation in Florida for practicing without a license.
Reyes said on Sunday he knew nothing about Galea's medical credentials.
Sports Illustrated posted a report on its Web site on Saturday that said federal law enforcement officials have told several athletes that they could expect grand jury subpoenas in the case against Galea. Included were Reyes, former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado, Tiger Woods and Broncos quarterback Chris Simms.
Reyes said he was unaware of any contact between Delgado and Galea, who faces charges in Canada of conspiring to smuggle HGH and Actovegin into the U.S., conspiracy to smuggle prohibited goods into Canada, unlawfully selling Actovegin and smuggling goods into Canada. The News reported Galea has adamantly denied providing HGH to the athletes he treats, including Woods.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.