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

The New York Yankees may fine third baseman 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 yesterday.

Rodriguez denies receiving the letter and says it might have been sent to his lawyers, MLB.com reported.

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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