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Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014 Season



Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez has been suspended through the 2014 seaswon for his involvement in acquiring performance enhancing drugs from anti-aging clinic Biogensis. Rodriguez is expected to appeal his suspension.

Rodriguez was officially banned from baseball through the 2014 season. He is also expected to appeal. An appeal would be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz sometime in the next three weeks.

Here's MLB's official release on the A-Rod suspension:

"Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.

Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline."

Yankee Manager Joe Girardi had A-Rod penciled into the line-up for Monday night's series opener against the White Sox because the team believed he would be eligible to play during an appeal of the suspension. The Yankees are 9 and 1/2 games behind the Red Sox for 1st place in the AL East with 52 games left to play.

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is already serving a 65-game suspension and will sit for the rest of the season.
Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia were cleared of any involvement.

Twelve players have accepted their 50-game suspensions and will not appeal: Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo, Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin,  San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Seattle catcher Jesus Montero, Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, Houston pitcher Sergio Escalona, Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos and Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez.


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