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Latest: Rodriguez expected to be in the lineup tomorrow

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’ll have more from the Yankees clubhouse, including Derek Jeter’s growing frustration following his latest setback. For now, here’s the latest on the Biogenesis story as it began coming together during today’s game. Basically, it’s looking more and more likely that Alex Rodriguez will actually be in the Yankees lineup tomorrow.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball told the New York Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday for his links to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs but can play while he appeals the penalty, a person familiar with deliberations told The Associated Press.

The Yankees were not told the exact length of the suspension, though they under the impression it will be through the 2014 season, the person said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statement was authorized.

Rodriguez could get a shorter penalty if he agrees to give up the right to file a grievance and force the case before an arbitrator, the person added.

MLB planned an announcement for noon EDT Monday, a second person familiar with the deliberations said, also on condition of anonymity.

Rodriguez is the most famous player linked to the clinic, and the Yankees expect him to be charged with interfering with MLB’s investigation, resulting in a harsher penalty.

In all, 14 players faced discipline following baseball’s probe of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

Barring an agreement, Rodriguez’s appeal would be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Adding to the drama: The 38-year-old Rodriguez, a three-time AL MVP, was due to return to the major leagues Monday night when the Yankees play at Chicago White Sox, his first big league appearance since hip surgery in January.

“He’s in there, and I’m going to play him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after New York’s 6-3 loss at San Diego.

Before the game, Girardi said “I think all of us are curious what’s going to happen.”

All-Stars Nelson Cruz of Texas and Jhonny Peralta of Detroit, and Everth Cabrera of San Diego were among those who could get 50-game suspensions from the probe, sparked in January when Miami New Times published documents linking many players to the closed clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.

Many players were expected to agree to penalties and start serving them immediately, but an appeal by a first-offender under the drug agreement would postpone his suspension until after a decision by an arbitrator.

 
 

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90 Responses to “Latest: Rodriguez expected to be in the lineup tomorrow”

  1. jonathan p August 4th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    he is going to play like a man possessed. I do not think this is a bad thing for the Yankees. Now in 2014 having alex will be disasterous but for this year maybe he has the ability to carry us to a playoff spot.

    gardy
    ichiro
    cano
    arod
    Soriano
    hmmmmmm

  2. Against All Odds August 4th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch
    Mariano Rivera did not seem happy talking about Alex Rodriguez’s return. “I don’t want to get involved in none of that stuff.”

    ————-

    Not everyone is happy

  3. rm August 4th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Good. It looks like they are avoiding the nuclear option for now. Let see if they have enough evidence for an arbitrator to all him to be suspended more than 50-100 games.

  4. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Russell Munson August 4th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    It’s a win in the sense that MLB is already backing off from some of the things they were supposedly threatening to do like invoking the “best interests of the game” clause to prevent him from ever stepping on an MLB field again.

    Plus isn’t it great that Curt Schilling will be wrong if A-Rod plays tomorrow?

    ———————–

    Yeah, this exactly. They’ve backed off on this point and also, it appears, on any intention of requesting a lifetime ban.

  5. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    It seems like Arod will play the rest of this season and then he will be “retired”. When the appeal is heard it will mostly be right before next season and if he misses next year there is no way that he will be able to come back at 40 years old. Obviously he will try but that will be it with him.

  6. Jerkface August 4th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    MLB bluffed hard on a few things: Lifetime ban, not playing while appeal, appealing directly to the commish, and A-rod never blinked.

  7. DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town
    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row

  8. Jerkface August 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    CC,

    Thats what turns this into close to the worst case scenario for the Yankees. They get A-rods dead weight on the books for 3 seasons basically. A player that may not have played regularly for quite a while.

  9. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    It will be interesting to see what happens with the $25m that was supposed to be Arod’s contract next season. Does Hal put it back into the team and make sure that Cano is signed or are they cheap again this off season.

  10. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    as long as he is suspended next yr, I do not care if he plays this yr. Arod actually will help this team this yr if you are realistic enough to think about it, it is not hard to beat lillibridge and co. But with 3 lefty coming up, where is our RH1b?

  11. Redfish Lives August 4th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    How about that Gardner taking three strikes without swinging the bat. Some leadoff hitter isn’t he, leading the team in strikeouts.

  12. j9d August 4th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    They never intended to issue a lifetime ban folks. MLB is being very smart about this,not overreaching. They never intended to ban him for life.

  13. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    According to this the appeal can be reviewed in 3 weeks.

    A-Rod Will Be Suspended Through 2014 Season
    by Edward Creech, Aug 4 at 2:38 PM CST
    Alex Rodriguez will be suspended through at least the 2014 season in an announcement Monday by Major League Baseball, but the Yankees third baseman plans to file an appeal, which will enable him to play tomorrow night against the White Sox in Chicago, two people with direct knowledge of the plan told Bob Nightengale of the USA Today. The appeal would be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the next three weeks, according to Nightengale. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post tweets the announcement of the Biogenesis suspensions will take place around 11am CT.

  14. MG August 4th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Bye bye Lillibridge

    Another tweeter taken off the board

    Won’t these guys ever figure that out?

  15. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    But with 3 lefty coming up, where is our RH1b?
    ————–

    Wells was taking ground balls at 1st base today. He said that Girardi told him that he is playing over there in the W.Sox series.

  16. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Does Hal put it back into the team and make sure that Cano is signed or are they cheap again this off season.
    ===============
    What does 25m for 1 year of Cano do?

  17. Shame Spencer August 4th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Oh oh oh!!! I’ve got one!

    What if Alex gets hurt in the time he does play for the Yanks this year and can’t play ever again! :D

    (Watch, this will be on the back pages of the post tomorrow and the story will be attributed to an anonymous source..)

  18. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Jeter could go to DL tmw.

  19. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What does 25m for 1 year of Cano do?
    ————

    They will most likely get out of most of Arod’s contract. So that helps them.

  20. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    it does not matter if arod is injured or not, he will not get paid if suspended and his salary will not count. If he retires, his salary will also not counts.

  21. Chad Jennings August 4th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm e

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town
    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row

    This is perfect.

  22. Chad Jennings August 4th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    MG August 4th, 2013 at 8:39 pm e

    Bye bye Lillibridge

    Another tweeter taken off the board

    Won’t these guys ever figure that out?

    —-

    Not if Derek goes on the DL.

  23. Hassey August 4th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    If Arod goes 1-25, this nuclear season will go supernova… The most disastrous yet .500 season in history

    There are lots of reason for this seasons disappointments but the Russian Roulette revolver is right now pointing over in CC and Hughes general direction

  24. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    wells playing 1b is a sign of desperation for this team and inability of our talented GM. If wells plays 1b, we have now overbay replacing wells in the of and wells replacing overbay in 1b this season. Next we will have gardner pitching while c.c is playing cf.

  25. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    “What a weird space trip it’s been.”

  26. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I have never seen Jeter look that down, or down at all, for that matter.

  27. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Mick-

    He’s tired of having his body fail him.

    He’s just not used to it.

  28. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    realization is beginning to sink in for jeter.

  29. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Everything Jeter does carries a message.
    He looked beat tonight, never seen that before is all.

    5 minutes later Hughes used the same word “nightmare.”
    His message is strong + I’m sure he’s not thrilled with the Arod fiasco.

  30. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Jeter will probably go on the DL tomorrow but when he comes back it would make sense if he only DHed for the rest of the year. It’s obvious that his ankle and other leg aren’t 100% and he could barely move out there. He has to build up his legs before he can play SS. I would DH him and rotate the outfielders.

  31. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    If this team is this bad, Hope jeter will not play a single game this yr. At least he will not be part of a team that is so bad.

  32. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Nightmares eventually end.

    This one will too.

  33. mick August 4th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    If Alex doesn’t carry us for the next 2 weeks and CC and Hughes continue to suck, Jeter might as well take the rest of the year off.

  34. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    If this team will not be in the playoff, hope they finished in the bottom 10 and will not loss draft picks if they signed McCann.

  35. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Arod can still hit. He looked absolutely awful in October and who knows how much of that was injury and how much was age. It will get ugly at YS if he is striking out in every at bat.

  36. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    A-Rod would better off DH’ing too.

    His D at third is going to sub-par anyway.

    This way he can concentrate on his real value. To hit.

    And there is a better chance he stays healthy.

    Rotate Jeter and A-rod thru the DH spot.

  37. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    A-Rod is going to need some AB’s to get his eye and timing back.

    Just like Grandy.

  38. mick August 4th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    They might as well just DL Jeter and let him heal while Arod Dh’s.
    We would be better if he could play 3rd and have Sori DH.

  39. mick August 4th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Would Alex reconsider if they made a deal for this year and say till Aug 1 next year?
    I wonder.

  40. tucker August 4th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    So how many home runs is ARod away from his next HR milestone bonus?? If he gets it this year, I’d love to see a photo of Hal writing that check …

  41. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Rotate Jeter and A-rod thru the DH spot
    ———–

    If and it’s a big if…they both stay healthy that is what they will have to do. Girardi said like 2 weeks ago that he might not be able to have them both in the field on the same day because of bad range by both. I would give Gardner the least amount of playing time and rotate the outfielders.

  42. Hankflorida August 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Back to the 2nd Wild Card race as the broadcasters were talking about the Yankees having to have three starters pitching well to make a run. I see only two in Nova and Kuroda. There is 4.5 deficit as the Yanks are on the bottom of a five team vying for that 2nd Wild Card. How about sweeping the White Sox so we can maybe move a little closer.

  43. Russell Munson August 4th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    “Would Alex reconsider if they made a deal for this year and say till Aug 1 next year?”
    =============================================================

    My guess is that after the appeal it’ll be something like the rest of this year and half of next.

  44. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    if mlb offers not to suspend for the whole 2014 season, there is a conspiracy between buck showalter and selig. MLB again is deciding against the Yankees.

  45. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Mick-

    The Arbitrator hear will both sides and decide if and how the suspension should be amended.

    MLB is not talking any more deals at this time.

  46. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    tucker,

    I am pretty sure that he is 17 homeruns away from Mays. So it won’t happen this year and probably never.

  47. Russell Munson August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    “So how many home runs is ARod away from his next HR milestone bonus?? If he gets it this year, I’d love to see a photo of Hal writing that check …”

    ==============================================================

    13 catches Mays I think. I don’t remember if he gets the bonus for tying him or if he needs 14 to pass him to get it.

  48. mick August 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    he needs 13 to catch mays and get 6m

  49. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    Alex-
    Grandy
    Sori
    Ichiro
    Overbay
    Romine

    Finally it looks like a line-up.

    Jeter will play!!!!!! I hope

  50. Hassey August 4th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Stop it

    The yanks will finish 12 back of the 2nd WC

  51. fantasygame101 August 4th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    either playoff or bottom 10 of MLB. In between is not good.

  52. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    We’ll be better next year.

    And better still in 2015.

  53. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    The one positive for the prospect huggers is it looks like the Yanks are going to get a good draft pick next year. The negative is they will probably waste it on some .200 hitting SS.

  54. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    The Yankees will probably have 2 or more supplemental picks again next year.

  55. mick August 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hal might be dreaming of Spending Alex money on and the savings on Cano on a bunch of new FA’s a la Boston.

  56. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I’m starting to get use to all this drama surrounding this team.

    Girardi needs to get fired up at someone, maybe Joba :twisted: . In fact a little dug-out shoving match tomorrow and I think we will be good to go. Maybe throw in a beaning for good measure.

    I say bring back the Bronx Zoo!!

  57. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Mick-

    He should have at least something extra to play with.

    Possibly all of next year’s salary.

    That’s a nice chunk of change to help bridge us to 2015.

  58. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I feel bad for the folks that got their hopes up when they traded for Soriano…..thinking that was going to make a difference…..it never really was and it was just an attempt to appease fans and make it look like they were trying…..this team isn’t very good and they are several pieces away from being good

    The Arod thing is gonna be a circus…..I hope they strike a deal sometime tonight.

    Makes me sad to see Jeter like this….. It makeshift feel old…..it’s to the point now where I almost think they need to just shut him down for the rest of the year and try to get him 100% for 2014……

  59. JT August 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    There is a kind of unpredictable, “Bronx Zoo” quality to all of this. Tomorrow night, the whole sports world will be fixated on the Yankees and their $275 million third baseman.

    Was there ever a game better made for Howard Cosell and Monday Night Baseball?

  60. mick August 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    At this point does it even matter if Alex is healthy?
    If he isn’t , fans will be even more irate.

  61. bruceb August 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Loser: A-Rod gets to play but most of the world, including many Yankee fans, will be willing him to fail.

    Loser: The New York Yankees, who would love nothing more than to wriggle out from the behemoth of a contract they foolishly signed with the devil incarnate.

    Loser: MLB and its Supreme Justice Bud Selig. Whatever the evidence they have on Rodriguez, it seems it’s not enough to prevent him from returning to the field and causing them further embarrassment.

    Loser: Baseball. Who cares about the game when the circus is in town?

  62. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    @BerniePleskoff: Justin Upton may have been main prize in the #Braves trade with the #Dbacks. But 3B Chris Johnson is hitting .344. Nobody talks about him.

  63. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Bruce,

    Yup….everybody is losing in this

  64. bruceb August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Winner: The Chicago White Sox, whose fans will no doubt forget their abject team has lost 10 games in a row as they get to boo A-Rod. Is the game a sell-out yet? Sure as hell won’t be any empty seats in the press box.

  65. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    “The Arod thing is gonna be a circus…..I hope they strike a deal sometime tonight.”

    They need to embrace the circus atmosphere, its in their DNA anyway. Use it to light a fire under their rear end.

    Look my expectations are of a 4th place team. But it does’t mean they have to give 4th place effort. And thats what is happening right now.

    Someone or something needs to wake them the up!

  66. bruceb August 4th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I did find one winner, Blake. :)

  67. Against All Odds August 4th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    We’ll be better next year.

    ——————-

    Not sure if we will

  68. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    That’s true….the ChiSox are probably pumped about maybe selling a few more tickets to the circus

  69. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    They should let Lou and Reggie go to Chicago. Let them roam the the club house for a little while.

    This team is dead, they need to wake up. And the arrival of the circus is a fitting time to do it.

  70. pat August 4th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    JeffPassan
    Still no definitive word on if Nelson Cruz will appeal. In fact, no official plea agreements sent in from union. All going down 11th hour.

  71. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    AAO-

    I’m not sure either but I think they will.

    They’re luck certainly has to be better.

    That alone will help.

    ;)

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    DAM23 August 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    They’re selling postcards of the hanging
    They’re painting the passports brown
    The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
    The circus is in town
    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    And the riot squad they’re restless
    They need somewhere to go
    As Lady and I look out tonight
    From Desolation Row
    ///

    Great song.

  73. Nick in SF August 4th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Nelson Cruz is the most interesting case, non-Arod division.

  74. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    JAP-

    Dylan was more than just a songwriter.

    He was a poet/philosopher.

    And some may not know this.

    A deeply religious Man.

  75. tucker August 4th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Tar, who is ARod’s Fran Healy — the one guy who will support him amid the circus?

    For large stretches of this season, this team has been boring to watch. The circus brings some level of interest. It will be must-watch TV, though probably not in the style that the suits at YES we’re hoping for

  76. MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    “There are no truths outside the gates of Eden”.

  77. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    In other more important news….. Megalodon lives!

  78. LGY August 4th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    If only Phil Hughes pitched in a large NL park.

  79. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    3 K’s in the 9th inning with the tying run at the plate, really.

    CC not covering the bag, Cano jogging, Nunez, Hughes, Gardner watching strike 3 in the 9th inning!

    These are supposed to be the leaders of this team ( at least while Jeet is down ). I’m starting to get angry because the effort is just not there.

    I can deal with sucking when they are giving it all they have, but their effort right now IMO is severely lacking. And thats not on Cashman or Hal or anybody except those who are in the dugout.

  80. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Arod plays 2 or 3 games and then gets hurt again. Just like Jeter the first time he had to run the bases he hurt his calf. The beat writers that were covering his rehab said that the last 2 games he jogged to every base. It will be interesting to watch him move on the field.

  81. Against All Odds August 4th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    AAO-

    I’m not sure either but I think they will.

    They’re luck certainly has to be better.

    That alone will help.

    ;)
    ———————————–

    Hopefully. I mean it can’t be this bad injury wise next yr but sh** who knows. Even the GM was injured this yr lol

  82. Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Bring on the Bronx ZOO and wake the hell up! Thats what I say.

    Tucker I wish we still had Jose Molina, he would fit that role to a T.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Tar August 4th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    “The Arod thing is gonna be a circus…..I hope they strike a deal sometime tonight.”

    They need to embrace the circus atmosphere, its in their DNA anyway. Use it to light a fire under their rear end.

    Look my expectations are of a 4th place team. But it does’t mean they have to give 4th place effort. And thats what is happening right now.

    Someone or something needs to wake them the up!
    ///

    GO YANKS

  84. blake August 4th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    LGY says:
    August 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm
    If only Phil Hughes pitched in a large NL park.

    He sucked today but coming into the start he had a 3.02 ERA on the road this year…..so there is something to the argument that a bigger park would help him

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    We’re not getting 2009 Alex. These are hard times

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    MTU August 4th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    JAP-

    Dylan was more than just a songwriter.

    He was a poet/philosopher.

    And some may not know this.

    A deeply religious Man.
    ///

    Yup. He’s the master.

    Miss the late-night talks with Greenberet7 about Dylan, Baez, swapping links.

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Here comes the blind commissioner
    They’ve got him in a trance
    One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
    The other is in his pants
    ///

    Crap that really is perfect.

    I was thinking Elvis Costello’s Goon Squad, but this is better.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock August 4th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Mother, Father, I’m here in the zoo
    I can’t come home ’cause I’ve grown up too soon
    I got my sentence
    I got my command
    They said they’d make me major if I met all their demands
    I could be a corp’ral into corp’ral punishment
    Or the gen’ral manager of a large establishment
    They pat some good boys on the back and put some to the rod
    But I never thought they’d put me in the

    Goon squad
    They’ve come to look you over and they’re giving you the eye
    Goon squad
    They want you to come out to play
    You’d better say goodbye

  89. Captain Clutch August 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    ———->

  90. joedep August 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Only team in all of MLB, the Yankees, would allow low life A-Roid be in the lineup. He is worse than the Old CWS scandal. Shame on the Yankees. I will watch the game only to hear the historic Boos!!


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