AP source: A-Rod can play during suspension appeal

AP source: A-Rod can play during suspension appeal

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TRENTON, NJ - AUGUST 03: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stands on third base during a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park on August 3, 2013 in Trenton, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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by RONALD BLUM / The Associated Press

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Posted on August 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with deliberations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball has informed the New York Yankees that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended Monday but can play while he appeals the penalty.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because no announcement was authorized.

The Yankees were not told the exact length of the suspension, but were left under the impression it will be through the 2014 season, the person said.

Rodriguez could get a shorter penalty for violating baseball’s drug agreement if he gives up the right to file a grievance and force the case before an arbitrator, the person added.

MLB planned an announcement at noon EDT Monday, a second person familiar with the deliberations said, also on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

In all, 14 players faced discipline following baseball’s probe of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

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