Alex Rodriguez grievance hearings resume

Jim McIsaac

The hope is that testimony will be finished by Thanksgiving.

Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball resumed their grievance hearings Monday as the Yankees third baseman continues his appeal of a 211-game suspension related to the Biogenesis scandal.

Both the players union and the MLB are hoping to finish testimonies before Thanksgiving, according to USA Today. It remains unclear whether Rodriguez himself will be questioned. He had been slated for an investigatory interview with the MLB Friday, but cancelled when he said he was sick and could not travel from California. Because that meeting never took place, it is likely that the league will ask that he not be allowed to give testimony. There have also been no confirmations that commissioner Bud Selig will testify.

After confirming that he was on the witness list, Yankees President Randy Levine did take the stand on Tuesday, reports the New York Post. Levine was questioned by Rodriguez's attorney, Joe Tacopina, for about 10 minutes, with MLB's lawyers declining to cross-examine him.

Also questioned on Tuesday was Dan Mullin, the senior vice president of MLB’s department of investigations. Mullin has been accused by those in Rodriguez's camp of having sexual relations with a Biogenesis employee, says the Post. A-Rod and his representatives paid over $100,000 to acquire the cell phone of the employee, which allegedly contained "suggestive" text messages from Mullin.

The appeal hearings between the two sides will continue throughout the next week. They will have no bearing on Rodriguez's lawsuit against the MLB for allegedly conducting a "witch hunt."

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