Sunday, March 9, 2014
By Ronald Blum / The Associated Press
(Continued from page 1)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez answers questions from the media at a news conference following a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies on Friday in Trenton, N.J.
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez looks out from the dugout during a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies on Friday in Trenton, N.J.
Rodriguez seemed to be on the verge of rejoining the Yankees before the leg injury last month. New York assigned him to Trenton for two games and has not said where he'll go afterward.
It is not clear whether Commissioner Bud Selig would attempt to use provisions of baseball's labor contract to prevent Rodriguez from playing until arbitrator Fredric Horowitz rules on an appeal.
Lawyers from management and the union plus attorneys for individual players spent Friday working their way through the many issues resulting from mass suspensions.
For instance: Will there be different treatment for minor leaguers depending whether they are on 40-man rosters.
Under the drug rules, 40-man roster players serving a 50-game suspension would have major league games in September count as time served after the minor league seasons end. Seattle catcher Jesus Montero, Mets outfielder Cesar Puello and Baltimore third baseman Danny Valencia might be in that group.
But that time wouldn't count for players not on 40-man rosters, whose suspensions would spill into 2014. Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez could be in that category.
For many players, the damage to their images already has been inflicted. Rodriguez has faced fan taunting since 2009, when he said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03.
Nike Inc. confirmed Friday that it no longer has a relationship with Braun, the 2011 NL MVP who accepted a 65-game suspension last month that ended the Milwaukee outfielder's season.