A-Rod Suspended But Expected To Play Out Season

Source: Paul White / USA Today

Alex Rodriguez and 12 other major and minor leaguers were suspended Monday, but it’s the New York Yankees third baseman who will be playing the remainder of the season.

Rodriguez was banned through the 2014 season effective Thursday but immediately appealed the penalty, allowing him to make his season debut Monday night in Chicago against the White Sox.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement states that the appeal is to be heard within 10 days by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who then has 25 days to render a decision when possible. However, MLB Player Association executive director Michael Weiner said on a conference call conflicts in Horowitz’s schedule mean the process will not conclude until after the season. Union general counsel David Prouty said, “We’re just starting to talk to the Commissioner’s office about that.”

“I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process,” Rodriguez said in a statement released to media outlets, including USA TODAY Sports.

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