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Feds question Beltran about doctor

Feds question Beltran about doctor

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A federal investigation that is expected to touch a number of professional athletes in a number of sports has touched a second Mets player.

The same investigators who last week met with Jose Reyes interviewed teammate Carlos Beltran concerning his involvement with Anthony Galea, a Toronto resident, who is under investigation for the sale of an unapproved drug, among other things.

The interviews, which happened late last week, Beltran said, are linked to a series of reports that have linked Reyes, Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods, Olympic swimmer Dara Torres, sprinter Donovan Bailey, quarterback Chris Simms and other NFL players to Galea, though not necessarily to drugs.

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Beltran acknowledged having had contact with Galea, saying on Tuesday that his month-long treatment involved his knee.

"He didn't inject me with anything," Beltran said. "This investigation has nothing to do with me."

He added that he recommended Galea to Reyes, and that the Mets were aware of the doctor.

Reyes had told investigators that his contact with Galea involved only a procedure identified as "blood spinning" that was to have accelerated healing of his right leg injuries. Former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado was mentioned in an earlier report as having been in contact with Galea last summer.

Beltran said he became aware of Galea through friends, and that he did not undergo blood spinning but received treatment only for the bone bruise behind his right kneecap.

Galea, whose medical credentials are in question in Florida, 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 New York Daily News has reported Galea has adamantly denied providing HGH to the athletes he treats, including Woods.

Reyes said he was told by the investigators that his involvement with them now is complete.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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