We’ve heard this one before, but MLB is wrapping up its interviews with players involved in the Biogenesis scandal and is expected to suspend as many as 20 players, including Alex Rodriguez, shortly after the All-Star break, according to a report by T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.
The report states that at least 10 players have already met with MLB and A-Rod is expected to meet with them on Friday. Ryan Braun refused to answer any questions and it sounds like A-Rod will do the same.
The report also stated that MLB is still planning to pursue a 100 game suspension for A-Rod and Braun. It might be hard for that to stick as the CBA clearly states that it’s a 50-game ban for the first PED violation. MLB is going to argue that lying to them counts as a second offense.
Either way, this probably will have a bigger impact on next season than this one. There were likely going to be long appeals anyway, but since there was no positive tests so suspensions are based off of testimony of the clinic’s founder, Tony Bosch, and documents that have been turned over. Players are going to pounce on that ambiguity making it a tricky situation that probably won’t be resolved until next season.
A-Rod is currently rehabbing with High-A Tampa. He has played in five rehab games so far, including two with Low-A Charleston, and has gone just 1-for-12 (.154/.083/.237) and hasn’t played more than five innings or ran at 100 percent effort yet. He’s expected to play in back-to-back games this week though and needs to be activated by July 21st.
NEWS AND NOTES
• The Yankees have until Friday afternoon to sign first round draft pick (32nd overall) Aaron Judge.
• The Yankees have signed 20th round pick Drew Bridges.