- Anti-inflammatories include: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve.
- In other words, why go to a Canadian doctor to get the same stuff you can get in your corner drug story or CVS?
- Why didn’t he contact his surgeon to report the inflammation?
- Wouldn’t his surgeon been able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory, if necessary?
- Wouldn’t his surgeon have been able to recommend a doctor that was local to ARod who could see him in person?
- Wouldn’t the Yankees medical team been able to help?
Look, all I want for ARod is an incident-free existance. Unfortunately, that seems impossible. Stop doing and saying dumb things, will ya? If something hurts, go see the team docs and if approved, your physican. Stop traipsing around to see foreign doctors for things you can get over-the-counter…unless that’s not all you were getting.
Sorry, there’s a trail of stink here and I don’t like it one bit.
There’s an update I need to make. I was looking for Dr. Philippon’s recommending of/relationship with Galea. However, there’s an intermediary:
The nature of A-Rod’s relationship with Galea, the Toronto physician who was arrested in October after authorities found illegal drugs in his assistant’s car during a stop at the U.S. Canadian border, is unclear. Mark Lindsay, a Canadian chiropractor who managed the Yankee third basemen’s rehabilitation after hip surgery last year, is an associate of Galea, however. Galea and Lindsay are principals at a Toronto sports medicine clinic called Affinity Health. Galea is being investigated in both Canada and the U.S.
Blech, it still stinks. Here’s the Yanks’ statement, which ties Phillipon to Lindsay:
“The New York Yankees have not been contacted with regard to an investigation of Dr. Tony Galea,” the team said. “The Yankees never authorized Dr. Tony Galea to treat Alex Rodriguez, nor do we have any knowledge of any such treatment. The Yankees authorized Dr. Marc Philippon to operate on Alex and oversee his rehabilitation. At the request of Dr. Philippon, we also authorized Dr. Mark Lindsay to supervise the daily rehabilitation program established by Dr. Philippon. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Updated 3/9/09, 9:20am
Sorry, more stuff that stinks:
If [Galea]’s statement is true, Rodriguez could be in violation of his contract with the Yankees because the team said in a statement last week that it never authorized Rodriguez to be treated by the doctor, Anthony Galea.
At the same time, Marc J. Philippon, the team-authorized doctor who performed hip surgery on Rodriguez last March, told The New York Times on Monday that he never gave approval for Galea to treat Rodriguez’s hip with anti-inflammatory drugs and did not know until now that such treatment had taken place.
“If that’s the case, I would be surprised because Alex never told me that his hip hurt,” Philippon said. “To be honest, I don’t understand that statement, and if his hip was really hurting, he would have called me. I don’t want to say Dr. Galea is not truthful, if that is what he says.”
See? This gets back to my original position: If ARod’s hip was bothering him so badly, he should have contacted his surgeon and his surgeon would have expected to hear from him.
This might all be as simple as an unfortunate connection to a doctor who does some suspect things. Then again, it might not. Dr. Phillipon acknowledged that there might be a reason for ARod to seek another doctor’s aid, but also hedged a bit:
“Maybe he was in a position where he couldn’t get hold of anyone and needed anti-inflammatories,” Philippon said in reference to Lindsay and the possibility he asked Galea to help him.
Philippon said that if Galea gave Rodriguez oral anti-inflammatory medicine then he has no problem. If Galea gave Rodriguez any injections, however, Philippon said he would be upset because he believed he should have been consulted for such procedures.
Let’s hope this is much ado about nothing and we can get focused on playing games that count really soon. And getting a look at the rings!