2:39 p.m.: If Rodriguez were to take the field in Chicago on Monday, it would be highly embarrassing for Bud Selig. The commissioner has already considered handing Rodriguez a lifetime ban, and for Rodriguez to show up on a major league field a week later would be another black eye for the game.
Rodriguez will be suspended through the end of the 2014 season effective at 3 p.m. ET, ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reports. But Rodriguez is determined to play on.
Sources tell OTL that MLBPA tried to strike deal today but were rebuffed. The 214-game suspension will be official at 3.— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) August 05, 2013
Your move, A-Rod.
2:37 p.m.: Other baseball players cannot be pleased about another drug-related stain on their game, but one prominent name sees it as a necessary step.
Today is a sad day for MLB,the fans of this great game, and all players who may have been negatively affected by others selfishness...— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) August 05, 2013
Longoria and the Rays, who did not have any players named on the Biogenesis suspension list, are 8 1/2 games up on the Rodriguez-less Yankees in the AL East.
2:10 p.m.: Every player implicated in the Biogenesis investigation has been informed of their suspensions, and each one appears ready to accept his punishment. Every one, that is, except Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was not listed among the 12 players given 50-game suspensions by Major League Baseball on Monday. His suspension is expected to be far longer, stretching at least through the end of the 2014 season. Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who initially was expected to appeal, will forego his appeal to stay eligible for the start of next season, Sports Illustrated reports.
The full list of players suspended Monday:
Nelson Cruz, OF, Rangers Jhonny Peralta, SS, Tigers Antonio Bastardo, P, Philles Everth Cabrera, IF, Padres Fautino de los Santos, P, Padres Francisco Cervelli, C, Yankees Fernando Martinez, OF, Yankees Jesus Montero, C, Mariners Sergio Escalona, P, Astros Jordany Valdespin, IF, Mets Cesar Puello, OF, Mets Jordan Norberto, P, free agent
This list does not include Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who was suspended 65 games for multiple separate violations related to Biogenesis and MLB’s drug policy.
1:30 p.m. ET: Will he or won’t he?
Alex Rodriguez plans to suit up for the Yankees on Monday night, even with the specter of the Biogenesis scandal and a potential 214-game suspension hanging over his head. The third baseman is “penciled in” to the lineup in Chicago, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Sunday, since Rodriguez is allowed to play under the CBA while he appeals his suspension.
Stick here for updates throughout the day to see whether Rodriguez really does play and how he fares.
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