Girardi: A-Rod penciled in for Monday


The New York Yankees plan to play Alex Rodirguez at third base on Monday when they begin a three game series in Chicago against the White Sox.

“I think all of us are curious what’s going to happen, and is Alex going to be a player for us tomorrow, and what’s going to happen with the other guys that are involved in this?” manager Joe Girardi said, referring to the suspensions expected to be handed down by MLB Monday in regards to the Biogenesis case. “[But] in my mind I have him penciled in there tomorrow.”

MLB planned an announcement around noon ET Monday, a person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press.

The Yankees believe Rodriguez will be able to play Monday because they expect baseball to only suspend him for his drug-policy violation, which Rodriguez will appeal.

Rodriguez and Girardi exchanged text messages after the third baseman’s last game at Trenton.

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