Alex Rodriguez is expected to fight any suspension imposed by Major League Baseball, the New York Post reported Sunday, as it now appears suspensions are imminent for the Yankees third baseman and others in the Biogenesis probe.
The length of a possible suspension for Rodriguez — which reportedly has ranged from 100 games to a lifetime ban — remains unclear. MLB has the ability to seek whatever punishment it believes would be approved by an arbitrator, according to baseball’s Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez, who is recovering from a Grade 1 quadriceps strain, was not spotted Sunday at the Yankees’ minor-league complex in Tampa. He is expected to be there until at least Thursday before beginning a rehab assignment.
MLB’s disciplinary actions obviously could interfere with those plans — or not, depending on how Rodriguez and his advisers choose to proceed. Rodriguez can appeal any disciplinary action by MLB.
Pujols could be out a while
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujolswent on the disabled list with a foot injury that could end his season. The Angels put Pujols on the 15-day DL on Sunday. Manager Mike Scioscia says the star will be sidelined for “a significant amount of time.”
Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, an injury that has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-4 loss to Oakland. Scioscia didn’t rule out the possibility that the Angels’ designated hitter could be sidelined for the rest of the year. Pujols is hitting .258 with 17 homers..