Union files formal appeal of A-Rod's suspension

Union files formal appeal of A-Rod's suspension

CHICAGO -- On Wednesday, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a formal appeal of the 211-game suspension that Major League Baseball levied against Alex Rodriguez on Monday.

The suspension was to begin Thursday and last through the 2014 season, but Rodriguez will be allowed to play until the grievance has been heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

What they can't do:
Cannot receive pay
Cannot participate in Arizona Fall League
Cannot participate in Postseason games
Cannot be elected or selected to the All-Star Game (if player is suspended during the offseason, Spring Training, or championship season prior to the All-Star Game)
What they can do:
Can participate in Spring Training and extended spring training
Can participate in affiliated Winter League games
Can work out with the club
Can participate in batting practice before the gates open before a game
Can consent to an assignment to a Minor League affiliate for a period of time prescribed under Section 7.H.2 of the Joint Drug Program

The suspension is based on violations of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as the Basic Agreement, stemming from Rodriguez's involvement with the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida.

"Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years," according to a statement by Major League Baseball. "Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation."

Horowitz could uphold, shorten, or overturn the suspension.

Twelve other players were given 50-game suspensions for their connection to the Biogenesis clinic, and all 12 accepted the discipline.

Rodriguez had no comment on the official filing of the appeal before Wednesday's game against the White Sox, saying, "I've got no reaction to that."

"We need him to help us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said." I don't think any of us thought that it was going to be anything different, so as far as having reactions, it's kind of what I expected. And it's part of the process negotiated between MLB and the Players Association and you let him play out, and I expect to play him a lot. We need him to help us."

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.