A-Rod arbitrator ruling likely soon

Updated: January 11, 2014, 1:15 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is likely to find out in the next few days whether his drug suspension will be overturned.

People familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz could issue his decision this weekend. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The New York Yankees third baseman, a three-time AL MVP, was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 by commissioner Bud Selig. The penalty was given for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract and followed Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The MLB Players Association filed a grievance saying the discipline was without "just cause."

Horowitz, MLB's independent arbitrator, heard the case over 12 sessions from Sept. 30 until Nov. 20. The sides submitted briefs last month.

Rodriguez's lawyers have threatened to go to federal court in a bid to overturn a ruling not to their liking, but the Supreme Court has given judges little leeway to alter arbitrator's rulings.

According to an ESPNNewYork.com source, a suspension longer than 100 games likely will lead Rodriguez and his attorneys to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling in federal court.

If he is given a shorter suspension, however, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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