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Sean Proctor for The New York Times
Baseball officials are investigating a trainer linked to Alex Rodriguez.
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Rodriguez turns 38 in July, appears increasingly brittle and no longer seems assured of surpassing Barry Bonds as baseball’s career home run leader. He is also just halfway through a 10-year, $275 million contract that has become a burden for the Yankees. Major League Baseball officials remain uneasy about his past links, however indirect, to performance-enhancing drugs, unsure if they know all the facts. And the Yankees appear to share some of those sentiments.
That uneasiness came into play in December, when the Yankees learned that Rodriguez needed to have surgery on his left hip less than four years after he had a similar procedure on the right one. At that point, the Yankees made clear to Rodriguez that they did not want him to go back to the doctor he used the first time, according to several people in baseball briefed on the matter.
That doctor, Marc Philippon, has had links to Anthony Galea, the Canada-based physician who secretly treated Rodriguez as he recovered from his 2009 operation. Galea pleaded guilty two years later to federal charges stemming from his distribution of human growth hormone to professional athletes.
Although Rodriguez insisted in an interview with investigators for Major League Baseball that he never received banned substances from Galea, those investigators have not been satisfied that they...