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Alex Rodriguez reportedly expects to be in Yankees’ starting lineup on Monday in Chicago

Aug 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez will file an appeal to his expected suspension and will be in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Monday, according to a report by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Rodriguez faces a ban through the 2014 season, which is expected to be announced by Major League Baseball on Monday, according to NBC Sports sources. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, players with pending appeals are allowed to play until a verdict is rendered. The latest from Nightengale:

Alex Rodriguez will be suspended through at least the 2014 season in an announcement Monday by Major League Baseball, but the New York Yankees third baseman plans to file an appeal that will enable him to play that evening against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, two people with direct knowledge of the plan told USA TODAY Sports.

There’s been talk of commissioner Bud Selig enacting a best-interest-of-MLB clause to prevent A-Rod from playing while he appeals his suspension, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Selig is unlikely to go through with that because he doesn’t want to get into a court battle the MLBPA.

A-Rod’s appeal will be heard by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz within the next three weeks. He one of several players who face punishment for their alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a shuttered Miami wellness clinic, and all of the suspensions are expected to be announced Monday, according to multiple reports. Ryan Braun in July accepted a suspension for the remainder of the season for receiving PEDs from the clinic.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke openly about the situation before Sunday’s series finale against the Padres at Petco Park: “I think all of us are curious what’s going to happen, and is Alex going to be a player for us tomorrow, and what’s going to happen with the other guys that are involved in this. Because in my mind I have him penciled in here tomorrow. … I don’t suspect it’ll be awkward. Most of the guys know him as a teammate and have laughed a lot with Alex and been around Alex a lot. I think it’ll be business as usual.”

Rodriguez, 38, went 9-for-42 (.214/.333/.452) with three home runs and 10 RBI in 15 rehab games.

Yankees third basemen have hit .215/.273/.286 with four homers and 32 RBI in 109 games this year.

  1. freerayray52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Bud Selig has me rooting for A-Rod. And the fact that Selig is only doing this to give the Yankees salary relief.

  2. rick1k6 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Has anyone wondered if Bud Selig as commissioner is in the best interest of baseball?

  3. andyreidisfat - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Why do people keep saying MLB leaked this or that ? You don’t know that. It seems to me this is reporters doing their job. And MLB is making sure tey have their ducks in a row

  4. florida727 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    If ESPN had half a brain, they’d switch their telecast from the Dodgers-Cardinals to the Yankees-White Sox game. Then again, they don’t have even half a brain. What was I thinking?

    As another post said, Bud Selig is turning me into an A-Rod fan. That assclown is not in the best interest of baseball. Why can’t he be suspended? Selig is a joke. MLB needs a real commissioner. Not a former owner that thinks he’s the Jerry Jones of baseball.

  5. mc1439 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Any position Bud Selig takes I will automatically stand on the other side. He has screwed over the Astros time after time with his unnecessary meddling. Go AROD! CHOMP THE HAND THAT THINKS IT FEEDS YOU!

  6. artisan3m - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Certainly ARod will appeal. I believe Nelson Cruz will, also. Cruz has a shot at a pennant in 2013. Who knows what next year holds for the Rangers. Cruz hits free agency after this season and I’d wager that the Rangers have already promised him a lucrative deal ~ probably for a minimum of three years ~ if he stays a Ranger. With that in place, he’s better sitting out games in the early part of next season. I hope he does appeal. We desperately need his bat. ARod has to appeal. His ego will allow nothing less and I firmly believe that he thinks he will ultimately beat Selig.

  7. tominma - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    If MLB has the goods on him like they say they do, then ban ARod for life!! We’ll never be sure if any of his performances are legit. He actively tried to other to follow him, He lied to baseball investigators. This is about the integrity of the game.

    And as far as Im concerned, no one who was caught or lied about using PEDs should be elected to the HOF while they are alive!

  8. ctolv111 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    He’s a Rod alright. He should “man-up” and accept what everyone else did! Bad example of a human!

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