A-Rod makes appeal official

The Sports Xchange

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday officially appealed the 211-game suspension given to him by Major League Baseball two days earlier.

The suspension, which was due to take effect Thursday and run through the end of the 2014 season, was issued because MLB found Rodriguez violated its ban on performance-enhancement drugs and attempted to thwart its investigation.

Rodriguez's appeal is slated to be heard on an unspecified date by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who likely will not issue a ruling in the case until well after the current season, perhaps as late as December, media reports indicated. Until the grievance hearing, Rodriguez will be allowed to continue playing for the Yankees at third base.

Rodriguez is one of 14 players that the MLB suspended following an investigation into South Florida-based Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic that reportedly distributed PEDs. Biogenesis has since gone out of business.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension, and 12 other players each received 50-game suspensions Monday and began serving them. Rodriguez is the only player to appeal his suspension, which is also the longest of all players involved.

According to a statement by MLB Players Association chief Michael Weiner, A-Rod's punishment is "way out of line."

Before Wednesday's game in Chicago, Rodriguez again refused to comments on the details of his suspension or his appeal.

"I'm just going to let all that stuff rest. We're right in the middle of it," he said.