A-Rod suspension still in the air
NEW YORK - It is still anybody's guess as to when, or if, Major League Baseball will try to suspend Alex Rodriguez.
The latest piece of news indicates baseball may try and suspend the Yankees third baseman under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement with the union is entitled to an automatic stay if the players' association files a grievance. MLB may try to argue other alleged violations are punishable under the labor contract, a person familiar with management's deliberations told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Taking that action would prevent the New York Yankees third baseman from returning to the field, even if he recovers from a quadriceps injury cited by the team as the reason for keeping him on the disabled list.