New York Yankees star player Alex Rodriguez has been suspended 211 games for purchasing PEDs from the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and then trying to obstruct MLB’s investigation of his purchases, according multiple reports and confirmed by MLB.
That means A-Rod is suspended for the remainder of this season, and all of the 2014 season.
The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.
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According to a press release by MLB, Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.
Rodriguez was the last of the Biogenesis clinic related suspensions, handing out 50-game suspensions to multiple other players Monday.
Rodriguez has appealed the suspension and will have his case heard by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz at some point over the next three weeks.
He is expected to make his 2013 regular-season debut for the Yankees on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field and can continue playing until Horowitz makes a ruling.