Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Major League Baseball officials told union leaders during a meeting at the Players Association’s midtown Manhattan offices on Tuesday that they plan to suspend Alex Rodriguez and eight other players who allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs from a South Florida anti-aging clinic. Most of the players will be suspended for 50 games but some – including the Yankees’ embattled superstar — face stiffer penalties for lying to MLB investigators or interfering in baseball’s year-long Biogenesis investigation. Not all of the players linked to Biogenesis in media reports face discipline sources have told The News. Two former Yankees — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon — will not be punished because they already have been suspended as a result of their links to Biogenesis and its owner self-styled “biochemist” Anthony Bosch. Other players linked to Biogenesis may not be disciplined because MLB investigators could not dig up enough evidence to warrant penalties. It remains unclear how many of the players will accept the suspensions and how many will fight MLB’s decision although A-Rod’s attorney David Cornwell said this week that Rodriguez will appeal the looming ban. Representatives for the players are expected to let MLB officials know if they will challenge the suspensions as early as Wednesday a source said. Other notable players linked to Biogenesis include Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and San Diego Padres infielder Everth Cabrera. In a three-team deal on Tuesday the Tigers acquired Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias in a likely signal that Peralta will accept a suspension. Tuesday’s sit-down represents one of the last steps before Rodriguez and other players linked to the now-defunct Coral Gables clinic will be formally disciplined in what will be the most aggressive and comprehensive anti-doping action in the history of the sport. MLB is expected to announce the suspensions by the end of the week. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred and other baseball executives huddled with Players Association officials and the players’ representatives to inform them about the pending suspensions sources familiar with the meeting told the Daily News. In the case of Rodriguez sources say that MLB investigators have gathered overwhelming evidence that he used performance-enhancing drugs in 2010 2011 and 2012. MLB officials are believed to have gathered hundreds of emails text messages and phone records that prove the aging infielder continued to use banned drugs long after he acknowledged in 2009 that he used steroids from 2001 to 2003 his years with the Texas Rangers. The investigation that will result in Rodriguez’s suspension began in August of 2012 when the Daily News reported that Cabrera and his associates attempted to avoid a 50-game ban for doping by claiming that a legal product had caused a positive drug test. MLB investigators quickly determined that Cabrera and his associates were bluffing in part because a website for the product Cabrera claimed had caused his positive test had been created shortly before he met with baseball officials. That investigation ultimately resulted in the suspension last week of former National League MVP Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season. On Tuesday Rodriguez had his longest workout at the Yankees’ Tampa complex since team physician Christopher Ahmad diagnosed him with a Grade 1 strain of his left quad on July 21. The aging infielder — Rodriguez turned 38 on Saturday — didn’t look like an athlete suffering from a quad injury; he showed far more mobility and energy during agility drills wind sprints batting practice and infield practice than he displayed during his minor league rehab assignment earlier this month.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

WATCH: John Calipari loses his mind, gets ejected

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd to speak at John Kasich rally

Peyton Manning's alleged not-so-wholesome image

Hawks not shopping Al Horford at NBA trade deadline

Report: Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

Texas signee glad he didn’t pick Texas A&M after alleged racism

Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

Are the Celtics legimate contenders in the East?

WATCH: Jabari Parker is no joke at NBA Rising Stars Challenge

How Marvelous Marv Throneberry became a Met

WATCH: Filip Forsberg goes beast on Lightning with this goal

Carmelo Anthony on trade rumors: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Report: Cavaliers shopping Kevin Love, price tag very high

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker