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Report: Yankees could shun A-Rod in spring

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 13 2014 09:23:08 AM CST
Alex Rodriguez

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If suspended third baseman Alex Rodriguez shows up at the New York Yankees' spring training facility, the team might treat him as persona non grata.

According to a report by ESPNNewYork.com, the Yankees might move A-Rod to their minor league camp if he reports to Tampa, Fla., in February, and they could tell their minor league coaches to shun him.

The report cited an unnamed "official" saying the staff could refuse to hit grounders to Rodriguez or throw batting practice to him.

In a ruling handed down Saturday by an arbitrator, Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 regular season and postseason due to his involvement with banned performance-enhancing drugs. However, the ban doesn't apply to spring training, and Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, told ESPNNewYork.com the third baseman plans to show up at camp.

Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended after MLB investigated Biogenesis, a former South Florida anti-aging clinic that was linked to PEDs. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun received the second-longest ban of 65 games, which he served. The other players were banned 50 games.

Rodriguez announced on his Facebook page that he would contest Saturday's decision in federal court.

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