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Yankees May Fine Rodriguez $153,005 for Missed Day, ESPN Says

The New York Yankees may fine infielder Alex Rodriguez $153,005 for missing a day of work during his rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues, ESPN.com reported, citing unnamed sources.

Rodriguez, who is playing during an appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy, received a letter before the team’s Aug. 9 game, reprimanding him for seeking a second medical opinion without giving the Yankees prior notice, and for not showing up at the ballpark on July 12 after a meeting with league officials to discuss its case against him, ESPN said.

The Yankees have already fined catcher Francisco Cervelli, who accepted a 50-day suspension for his involvement with the now-closed Biogenesis clinic that was allegedly a source of illegal performance enhancing drugs for several players, ESPN said.

Cervelli was fined a day’s pay for failing to go to the training complex to get treatment on his injured hand and shoulder July 28 after learning he was suspended, ESPN reported. His salary was $515,350 and one day’s pay was $2,816, assuming a 183-day work year.

ESPN, citing unnamed team officials, said Rodriguez would probably also be fined a day’s pay. Rodriguez’s salary is $28 million this season, making a day’s pay amount to $153,005.

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