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A-Rod travels to Germany for medical treatment

December 29, 2011

Alex Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod to his fans, recently informed his team that he wanted to travel to Germany for a medical procedure not offered in the United States. He informed his team and was given permission to do so, but not before they conducted a thorough evaluation of the procedure and the doctor who would perform it, according to The New York Times.

"We took what we felt was every step in the process to educate ourselves, vet the process, understand it to the best of our abilities," Brian Cashman, the Yankees' general manager, said during a phone conference, according to the new source. "There was a lot of work, a lot of homework."

Team officials had to make calls to Germany to learn about the procedure and perform a background check on the physician. Back in 2009, A-Rod was treated by a Canadian doctor, who later admitted to smuggling illegal, performance-enhancing drugs to his American athletic patients. So it's no wonder why team officials would want to ensure the safety and legality of the procedure. The New York Daily News reports that he is not the only American athlete to pursue this treatment lately.

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