Alex Rodriguez has suggested he will be fighting any suspension or banishment from baseball through the appeals process.
YouWager experts believe that with the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies over, the MLB will announce soon the penalties they will impose versus A-Rod Rodriguez and other players involved in the Biogenesis case.
According to Rodriguez’s lawyer, David Cornwell, the star player’s “primary focus” is playing in the majors again. The 38 year-old player is currently in Tampa rehabbing a quad injury that postponed his return to the Yankees last week.
Rodriguez preferred not to address reporters in Tampa, but a source close to the case stated that the player has not been told where he would start a rehab assignment on Thursday.
The New York Yankees haven’t commented either.
If Rodriguez is considered to be healthy, he would be eligible to play during the appeals process, which could take weeks or months. If the third baseman has no setbacks physically and spends the full five days on his minor league rehab he could be returning to the Yankees on Aug. 6 in Chicago versus the White Sox.
Even so, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules. If the league proceeds with the suspension under the labor deal, the 14x All-Star would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case.