Alex Rodriguez this week may be handed a ban through next season for his role in a performance-enhancing drug investigation being conducted by Major League Baseball, the New York Post said, without citing its sources.
MLB may issue suspensions for 15 or more players, the Post said, following its probe of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-shuttered Miami-area anti-aging clinic that baseball has accused of supplying performance-enhancing substances to players.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, was ordered six days ago to sit out the final 65 games of the season without pay after becoming the first player to be banned for connections to Biogenesis.
MLB wants Rodriguez’s sanction to be lengthier than Braun’s because the 38-year-old New York Yankees third baseman said he used steroids from 2001-03 and because it believes he lied to investigators and hampered their examination of Biogenesis, the Post reported.
MLB began probing Biogenesis after the Miami New Times in January reported that it obtained medical records linking banned substances from the clinic to players including Braun, Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Rodriguez and the Yankees have been at loggerheads in recent weeks about his return following hip surgery in January. Rodriguez has insisted he has recovered from a quadriceps strain and is fit to play, while the Yankees have ordered him to remain in Tampa, Florida, for treatment to his left thigh before beginning a five-day rehabilitation assignment on Aug. 1.