Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal his 214-game drug suspension related to the Biogenesis case and play Monday night for the Yankees against the White Sox, according to people involved the case. But he may be the only one of the 13 or so players to appeal.
While a couple of Biogenesis-linked players suggested behind closed doors they were seriously considering appeal, with a few hours to go before the announcement there was no confirmation anyone was joining A-Rod in appealing his suspension.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has told people he will not appeal after some earlier reports suggested he might. He is said to have received encouragement to possibly appeal from some teammates who are concerned about their pennant push, but he must understand it would be difficult to fight this case. At the same time, Cruz has fired his longtime Brooklyn-based agent, ACES (the Levinson brothers), who represented many of the Biogenesis-linked players, and hired another veteran agent, Adam Katz.
Rodriguez will be announced as suspended through the 2014 season for what is described as "massive violations" of the baseball's Joint Drug Agreement. The other players are all in line to receive 50-game bans, which will contain their penalty within the 2013 season.