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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. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Bud Selig expects A-Rod in the lineup in 2015

    • alexo0 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      I don’t think he does. Not if he can help it.

      • bigharold - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        But he can’t, .. in fact Bud is making it worse.

    • dickclydesdale - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Alex is a pretty stupid person to be expecting a roster spot on any major league team other then beer league softball.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Considering Yankee third basemen are hitting .213/.273/.283 on the season, I don’t think A-Rod’s stupid at all to expect a roster spot come Monday.

      • eatitfanboy - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        Girardi has already said he’s starting tomorrow.

    • bigharold - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      “Bud Selig expects A-Rod in the lineup in 2015”

      Really. Because in the last two weeks it’s been leaked that A-Rod will get a 150 game suspension, .. no wait,the rest of this year and all of next. And, if he doesn’t fold, he’s getting banned for life. Regardless, A-Rod will get banned via the “best interest of baseball” clause so he can’t play whilst he’s appealing. Now, MLB is walking that back, thorough their surrogates at the Post ans News. Cause they we’re apparently full of it all along.

      Clearly, A-Rod called their bluff. Now, it seems that a life time ban is out of the equation. Banning him via the “best interest of baseball” clause during his appeal is off the table too. So, what does MLB have left? Hitting him with a 210+ game suspension. They’re kidding themselves, that won’t fly either. It makes one wonder about the quality and quantity of their “evidence” against A-Rod. “Could it be they’re exaggerating?? Nah, this is MLB, .. they wouldn’t ever do anything underhanded.

      MLB completely screwed this up. Overbearing, bombastic and inept. They are going to look completely idiotic when the absolute best they MAY do to A-Rod is a 50 or 100 games suspension. Something they could have done a month ago and been completely through the process without the drama. But, what happens if their evidence really sucks and A-Rod beats them? Is Seppuku in order?

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        I don’t think a polka dot suicide scarf around Bud’s head would look any worse than his current hairstyle.

  2. stex52 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Good luck ARod! Nobody likes you much, but I have a certain perverse admiration for you going out there to face it.

    I actually kind of hope you come back in 2015 and show up with something left in the tank. At least you are likely to be clean.

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      I know what you mean. There’s something about his unflappable dickineshness.

      Similar to those people who fail spectacularly who wouldn’t do a single damn thing differently if given a second chance.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Bud kinda reminds me of Ahab, you know? With my last breath, I spit at thee; For hate’s sake, I stab at thee!

      • bbk1000 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        ummm….try again…this is an easy quote as well…

      • bigharold - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        “Bud kinda reminds me of Ahab, ..”

        Wasn’t that Khan? Or. is my illiteracy showing?

      • raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        Khan was quoting Melville (ie, Ahab in Moby Dick).

      • bigharold - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        “Khan was quoting Melville”

        Well, I guess my illiteracy is showing them.

      • bigharold - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        . illiteracy is showing then.

        As well as my piss poor typing.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        I’m a crummy typist too, so no worries.

        Also, I am a Star Trek fan, and loved The Wrath of Khan, but those lines from Moby Dick that Khan quoted far surpasses anything original any Star Trek writer ever came up with. (Big kudos for their using that quote though.)

    • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      If he plays while he appeals, does that tack more days on to the end of his suspension? If it’s upheld, will he miss days at the beginning of 2015 to make up for days he got to play this season?

      • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        That is my understanding. And any time spent on the DL ought to result in the same thing.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        I’m kinda okay with a 3-week delay then. :)

      • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Actually, if Selig uses the “best interests” clause, Arod may not be able to appeal.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        I’m kind of assuming they aren’t really going to do that.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Actually, if Selig uses the “best interests” clause, Arod may not be able to appeal.

        He can appeal regardless. If he uses the JDA, he appeals to an arbiter and can play while he appeals. If Bud uses the BIoBB clause, he appeals directly to the commissioner and Arod can’t play.

        However, if the latter happens, which all reports suggest it won’t, most likely Arod will file an injunction with a judge to let him play.

      • burkeandstock - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

        How many more homeruns does AROD need this season to get a 6 mill bonus??
        15 or so?? Not to sure…
        BUT if the number is that low and AROD might be facing banned for life… Could this be his last quick effort for more cash? The Further question might be what does AROD face to lose in un guaranteed Money if he doesn’t play the next 50 or so games vs. next year or life ban?

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        I’m skipping Ricardo Montalban and quoting Melville directly from the source. Here, just so you don’t confuse them again, this is Brian Wil…heh, I mean, Melville:

        And this is Khan:

      • yournuts - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        I don’t think they can suspend Arod more than 50 hames. This is his first offense. Yes he did admit to taking PEDS before but this is his first offense. THat is what the union will base their argument on.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    “Alex Rodriguez expects to be in Yankees lineup Monday.
    Psst, Hey Alex. Make those plans for the around the world cruise you’ve been talking about. Your going to have some time on your hands.

  4. dolphindubs - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Is there a reason the Yankess HAVE to call him up? Couldnt they just leave him in the minors through all this?

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      No he is only there for rehab assignments. I believe that would be against his contract to send him down.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Yes, they do. The collective bargaining agreement prevents them from leaving him in the minors past the length of his rehab assignment.

  5. chaseutley - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Maybe this question has been asked already, but could the Yankees sue Arod for fraud?

    Or does Arod have an “out” on this because the Yankees knew about his initial PED test prior to signing him to his most recent contract?

    • joey4id - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      No, the Yankees did not know about his failure of the survey test when they inked him to this deal. No, that doesn’t mean he can be sued for fraud, just as no other player who has tested positive for PEDs or been linked to BioGenesis has been sued for fraud. The JDA is fairly clear that it is the only vehicle through which players can be punished for PED usage.

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Girardi also said he’d welcome him back as theyre in need of a right handed bat…

    But i guess he cant say he DOESNT want him back

  7. heyblueyoustink - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Ole Bud also intends on being present at the game, along with Allan Quartermaine and some tranquilizer darts.

  8. mtr75 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Can we ban Selig for life? Either suspend the guy or shut yer pie hole. This leak after leak nonsense is beyond tiring. MLB looks worse than A-Rod at this point.

    • imwhitewolf - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I agree with you about Selig. What may give ARod some traction in court, and that is where this is heading, is this: MLB leaked the length of the suspensions long before they even made an attempt to talk to him, or others, concerning the allegations. Sorry but there is a presumption of innocence, esp. when you are basing your decisions on the say of a liar. Just ask the NCAA in their investigation of U of Miami. I don’t know which one has done the worst investigation: the NCAA or MLB.
      What is really disgusting is the hypocrisy of MLB and it’s fans. After the shortened season in the 90s baseball needed something to bring the fans back and it got it. Homed run hitting contests year after year with players everyone knew were using PEDs. The fans cheered, baseball grew richer, and certain players loved the limelight. Now the same fans and owners want a “clean sport”. Baseball has never been a “clean sport”.

  9. ndnut - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    What if the Scranton Yankees “purchased” his contract?

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      I don’t think that would be realistic, but if he could be banished to Scanton for the rest of his deal, with the Yankees aping the tab, and Selig getting struck by lightning all could happen at once, that would be justice.

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      I’m not sure, but I think this would be seen as a circumvention of the CBA.

  10. maritime85 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I hope girardi doesn’t bench him and be a pussy

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Why would he bench him? Given the Yanks’ 3B numbers this year, pretty much anything would be an improvement. And how would Girardi be a “p**sy” by benching him?

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Girardi has already announced the Arod will start tomorrow night.

  11. braddavery - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Is it just me, or does Alex Rodriguez literally seem delusional and completely unaware of what’s going on

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I just think that sometimes, when you get so famous and have way too much money, your sense of reality diverges dramatically from what most “regular” people experience.

  12. serbingood - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    As I watch the Yankees lose to the Padres the thought came to me that in a twist of fate, Commissioner ‘Bud’ Selig will suspend the Yankees under ‘The Best Interests of Baseball’ clause and allow Alex Rodriguez to play until his contract expires. However it will be a moot point as the team that has the contract has been banished due to TBIOB. That seems like perfect Selig logic to me.

  13. tbutler704 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Yanks are in no position to be too high and mighty here, they need this guy if he can play. The way they’re going right now they’re heading under .500

  14. natslady - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    If the Yanks don’t lock Girardi up, Nats should make a REAL push to get him. Best comment on the Rodriguez situation I’ve seen in a long, long time.

  15. mississippimusicman - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    So, what’s the over/under on the number of HBP/game he has between Monday and when he has to start serving the suspension?

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      More importantly, what’s the over/under on him faking an injury if the suspension is upheld?

  16. tominma - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Better to have a legal battle with the MLBPA that to have ARod back on the field! His entire career is now in question. PLUS, he recruited OTHERS to cheat!! Selig, do what you gotta do to protect the sport!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      He’s appealing, meaning he’ll be back on the field monday. I know it’s difficult to understand this considering it’s mentioned directly in this article. But then again, you are arguing that a sport seeing a tremendous boon in salaries, revenues and tv contracts needs to be “protected”.

    • jdrew506 - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Just wondering if A-Rod tried recruiting you to take PED’s cause if he didn’t how the hell do you know he recruited others too also? I guess you are just one of the sheep that believe everything you read and make decisions based on that other then the real facts which none of us will probably ever know. You say Selig should do what he has to do to protect the sport yet you were probably one of those sheep that loved McGuire and Sosa chasing the Home Run records even though they were taking PED’s also. Just keep following the heard otherwise you might hurt your brain thinking for yourself.

  17. fnc111 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Go arod go

  18. greymares - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    what’s wrong with, Caught with illegal substance along with suspension guidelines all contracts are subject to being null and void at the teams discretion.

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      That would be nice. Only the MLBPA would NEVER agree to such a clause.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Then lock them out and destroy the union until the owners get protection from guys like Braun and A-Rod.

        It’s really not hard, it’s just not worth it to the owners….yet

      • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Yes, destroy a $7B/year iindustry just so owners can protect themselves from themselves. So easy!

  19. dsertnative59 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Go ARoid Go….aka Alex Roidriguez

    • cackalackyank - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Thanks for clearing that up.

  20. deathmonkey41 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    A-Rod is going to call Bud and say, “Don’t make me angry, Mr. Selig- you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

  21. hosewater2 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Wow Union Proud. How embarrassing to be part of a dirty union that would protect a dirty player. Would love to see a group of honest clean players break off from this Union over this issue.

    • nbjays - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      That will happen when a completely honest owner breaks away from all the other crooked owners. When hell freezes over.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      You actually expect any union anywhere to agree to an employer flouting due process and abrogating a collectively bargained agreement? Rodriguez is likely guilty as hell, and he is very unpopular; however, neither of those things make it okay to go outside the JDA/CBA. The MLBPA should fight such things.

  22. cocheese000 - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    If he plays in New York will he be booed or cheered?

    • sabatimus - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Booed, and lustily. He was booed through the playoffs due to his lack of performance. Even as a Sox fan I can’t imagine Yankee fans being so stupid as to cheer this guy, with his massive contract, terrible performance, poor attitude, and lies.

      • cackalackyank - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Yes he will be booed lustily. But sheeple have a short memory, regardless of what team they bleat for. If he should, by some miracle,(or result of some satanic rite) perform at an above respectable level…90% or more of those boos will come to an abrupt halt.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Yankee fans being so stupid as to cheer this guy, with his massive contract, terrible performance, poor attitude, and lies.

        Why would we be so stupid? He’s an above average hitter, which the Yanks have one, maybe two this year. He’s won two MVPs, more than the combined team has done. What poor attitude does he have? And who gives a shit he lies? Do you not root for Ortiz since he lied?

  23. trollingforjustice - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    wonder if they let him throw out the first pitch?

    • cackalackyank - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      No, they want a quality performance so they are having Carly Rae Jepsen do it.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged is as delusional as Rodriguez.

  24. yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Give him his farewell tour of boos.

  25. onbucky96 - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Yeah, and I expect Kate Upton to call me. Whose more delusional? A-Fraud, ’cause ya never know…

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