Jose Reyes met with FBI investigators on Friday about his involvement with known HGH distributor Anthony Galea. The Mets shortstop claims he only used the doctor for his blood-spinning technique, and not human growth hormone.
“They asked me if he injected with that (HGH), and I said no,” Reyes said. “What we did there, basically, he took my blood out, spin it in some machine and put it back in my leg.”
Reyes said he does not expect to meet with the investigators again or have any further involvement with the process. It sure sounds like he’s in the clear (no pun intended).
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.