Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Despite a looming suspension A-Rod is putting up a strong public front. Alex Rodriguez gave a small group of reporters a thumbs-up and a large grin as he drove past following a brief workout to rehab his strained left quadriceps muscle yesterday at Steinbrenner Field. His current predicament however is no laughing matter. The embattled slugger who has not played for the Yankees this year after offseason left hip surgery could soon be handed a suspension for the rest of this season and all of next season as there are strong indications Major League Baseball will announce penalties in the Biogenesis case this week possibly as soon as today The Post’s Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff reported yesterday. It has been baseball’s plan to announce simultaneously the suspensions of the 15-plus players who are believed to be facing penalties in the performance-enhancing drug case. The league went ahead with the suspension of Brewers slugger Ryan Braun only because he agreed to accept a penalty of 65 games without an appeal. Rodriguez’s representatives met with MLB officials last week sources told The Post to get a better understanding of the penalties Rodriguez could be facing. However a member of Rodriguez’s camp said it is “unequivocally untrue” that Rodriguez is seeking a settlement. It is believed Rodriguez’s punishment will surpass Braun’s. MLB believes it has more evidence against A-Rod than it did against Braun and also thinks A-Rod obstructed the investigation. A lifetime ban seems unlikely because Rodriguez has not been suspended previously in his career though commissioner Bud Selig could ask for one knowing an arbitrator — if Rodriguez appealed the suspension — would lower it to an acceptable length. As a way to levy a sanction that would not be reduced there is the belief that Selig will request the rest of this year and all of next year. That could in effect end Rodriguez’s playing career as it would seem far-fetched a player in deteriorating health could not play this season or next and come back in 2015.
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