Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was one of 13 Major League Baseball players who were suspended on Monday for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a Miami wellness clinic, the league announced on Monday.
Rodriguez received a 211-game ban from the league, which would be effective on Aug. 8 and last through the end of the 2014 season. He is appealing the ban, the league said, and is eligible to play until an appeals verdict is rendered.
The bans to the other players linked with Biogenesis are effective immediately, which knocks out those players for virtually all of the remaining games this season. They would be eligible for the postseason, should their teams reach and the terms of their suspensions end.
"As a social institution with enormous social responsibilities, baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness and a level playing field," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "We are committed to working together with players to reiterate that performance-enhancing drugs will not be tolerated in our game."
The full list of suspended players is: Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers; Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres; Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers; Francisco Cervelli, New York Yankees; Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners; Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets; Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros; Fautino De Los Santos, San Diego Padres; Cesar Puello, New York Mets; Fernando Martinez, New York Yankees; Jordan Norberto, free agent.
A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal also were connected to the clinic by several reports, but all three were suspended for positive tests over the past year — which reportedly overlaps with MLB's Biogenesis records — so another suspension would be considered double jeopardy. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game ban last month for his involvement with the clinic.
Rodriguez declined to discuss any potential suspension in specific terms during a pair of news conference over the weekend, citing an ongoing investigation, but he seemed to hint that forces were conspiring to keep him from playing.
"There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping on the field," Rodriguez said Friday night. "It is not my teammates, it is not the Yankees fans. People have been trying to get creative trying to cancel my contract."
Not including this season, Rodriguez has four years left on a 10-year, $275 million contract, the richest ever signed by a player. Should his suspension be upheld, he would forfeit his salary for the duration of his ban.