I wish this passed the sniff test *UPDATED*

  1. Anti-inflammatories include: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve
  2. In other words, why go to a Canadian doctor to get the same stuff you can get in your corner drug story or CVS?
  3. Why didn’t he contact his surgeon to report the inflammation?
  4. Wouldn’t his surgeon been able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory, if necessary?
  5. Wouldn’t his surgeon have been able to recommend a doctor that was local to ARod who could see him in person?
  6. 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.”

Still stinks.


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!

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7 thoughts on “I wish this passed the sniff test *UPDATED*

  1. Arod is a complete and utter moron (assuming he did in fact see this doctor).  When will he learn?  If it comes out that he did in fact see this doctor and did get hgh the Yankees will probably be done with him.

  2. I agree that this definatly stinks and I don't want to sound nieve but it is plausable that Dr. Lindsay could have noticed an inflamation and asked Dr Galea for the prescription, most Chiropracters can not write prescirptions. Just playing devils advocate and that is probably how A-Rod will spin it, but if that is not the case he has a BIG problem.

  3. The anti-inflammatory that was prescribed to A-Rod by Lindsay is going to be much more potent than a simple OTC drug. This is fairly common after surgery – you often are given an Rx for stronger meds. Lindsay and Galea were working in tandem with Phillipon in treating Rodriguez. The bottom line here is that you just have to LET IT GO and stop making a big to-do every time this guy farts crooked. If this was Jeter, we wouldn't be having this discussion. We would be assuming that he did nothing untoward. A-Rod did his mea culpa last year. Leave him alone.

    No one cares about any of this stuff, anyway. If he hits .300 with 45 HR and leads the Yankees to another WS title, I don't care how much HGH he or the rest of the team uses. You need to stop searching for a smoking gun with this guy and just let it go.

  4. If this was Jeter we wouldn't have been having this discussion because he would not have gone around the Yankees in the first place.  It would be quiet, under the table, and we wouldn't know anything until it was already over and done with.

  5. Tim,

    Then why didn't Lindsay prescribe it?

    Look, I don't go hunting for anti-ARod stuff.  I'm not looking for the smoking gun.  And I disagree; people DO care about this stuff.  I won't let it go, no matter who the parties involved might be.  Jeter, Mo, you name it. I don't hide my fandom but I also try to be as straight a shooter here as possible.  And to me, this just doesn't pass the sniff test.

    If ARod is indeed innocent, which I hope is the truth, wonderful. I hope your predictions are understated!  I'll be cheering him on, no matter what.  But it doesn't mean I can't question things as they appear.

    Now, I will say this…. I'm not sold that HGH is "evil". It aids in recovery, is not a muscle-building agent (by itself), and doesn't put users at risk for long term health problems (if used properly).

  6. Disclaimer: I'm old school in the way that I believe that these drugs are ruining the link and thread to the games history and how generations comunicate. I'm also not an Arod fan due to him being a flake, but can he rake.

    However, I do suspect that MLB, NYY, the players association & Arod all have "a dog in the fight" whereas a 250M$ outstanding commitment is wagered and that he has to get back to full steam quickly and completely.  If "x" number of doctors know that HGH is the real deal but no one can endorse the treatment after all the political stances, a few deaths by under-aged youths (who had no business using drugs) and bad press….I can easily believe that they planned to look the other way and let him take the risk (in the public arena) as they feel/know there are little/no medical risks to this rehab and the up swing (result of what actually happned) is what we all witnessed.  Too bad that PR must offset a legitimate medical reason to take HGH and I feel in certain cases MLB should approve the use of these banned drugs but won't because the line would be too long and the press would carve them up.  NO way the Yanks void that contract, Giambi already passed that test.