Tiger 'Blood-Spin' Doc Treated MLB Players
Galea probed over banned substances
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 2:06 AM CST
This 1999 photo shows Dr. Anthony Galea treating a patient with shock wave therapy at the Institute of Sports Medicine in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/The Toronto Star, Rick Eglinton)

(Newser) – The sports injury doctor dubbed "Miracle Man" facing drug charges in Canada has treated several Major League Baseball players. Anthony Galea—who used his pioneering "blood-spinning" technique on Tiger Woods and other celebrity athletes—treated Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and at least two other players, insiders tell the New York Times.

Galea is known for aggressive treatment of sports injuries and once boasted top athletes travel to Canada to see him because "I fix them.” The Mets were reluctant to approve Reyes' going north of the border for treatment, but they did so after his agent insisted, sources say. Galea, who is being probed for possibly providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, acknowledges providing patients over 40 with growth hormone, but denies providing athletes with banned substances.