One of the two largest names involved with the Biogenesis scandal is planning on making his return to the Majors. A-Rod is hoping to rejoin his teammates in New York on Monday, but will MLB Commissioner Bud Selig let him do so?
Both the Yankees and A-Rod have said that Monday is the day selected for his return. Throughout his rehab process, A-Rod had hoped to be ready to return to the Yankee lineup by the conclusion of his rehab assignment. By coming back on Monday against the Texas Rangers, he would achieve his goal.
General Manager Brian Cashman reiterated A-Rod’s hope when speaking with ESPN New York “That’s the hope. Let’s get through the weekend and see where he is at and see if he is major league able.”
Alex Rodriguez has not been able to play this season while he has been recovering from off season hip surgery. He has seen his rehab journey through the minor leagues take him from Class A affiliates Tampa Bay and South Carolina, as well as Class AA Trenton.
Currently in Trenton, A-Rod is 5-28 during his stint with the team. He is expected to join Scranton/Wilkes Barre, the team’s class AAA later today. Certainly a poor batting average, however Rodriguez is not concerned about it. “I never really paid that much attention to rehab statistics until this year. To me, getting the barrel of the bat on the ball is much more important” according to Fox Sports.
After going 2-4 with a home run in Trenton on Monday, A-Rod spoke about his plans to return to the majors. “Whatever I do with the organization, I will definitely keep private. But I will tell you I think over the last several weeks we have had very productive conversations and I think we’re all aligned to come back on time and healthy.”
A-Rod is feeling good and hopes to rejoin his Yankees on Monday, however the Biogenesis scandal is looming over his head and makes one wonder if Bud Selig will cut his return short as a result.
Both A-Rod and Ryan Braun have skirted talking to the media about the investigation, and have even refused to talk to investigators. Not wanting to give any evidence to the other side, they have simply chose not to talk until the ordeal is sorted out.
Bud Selig however informed us that he has a plan for the punishments resulting from the Biogenesis scandal. While appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Selig told the talk show host that he knows what he is going to do, but would not tell the world exactly what would be happening.
Rumors have swirled throughout the investigation as to what suspensions the 20 players named could be facing as a result. One popular report suggests that A-Rod and Braun will receive 100 game suspensions shortly after the All-Star break. If Selig dishes out a 100 game suspension, he would cut A-Rod’s Monday return quite short.
Only time will tell what happens with Biogenesis, for now Selig has not issued any suspensions and A-Rod will be returning to the Major Leagues on Monday.
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