New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be suspended by Major League Baseball through the 2014 season on Monday, but will immediately file an appeal so he can play that night against the Chicago White Sox, sources tell Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
MLB officials have reportedly told Rodriguez's attorneys and the MLBPA of the decision to suspend Rodriguez and as many as 10 other players, saying that Rodriguez is no longer able to discuss a settlement. The third baseman will likely receive a suspension for at least 214 games, through the end of the 2014 season, but is not expected to receive a lifetime ban.
Earlier reports stated that Rodriguez would not be allowed to play while he filed his appeal. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, however, expects Rodriguez to play on Monday. Girardi told Nightengale that he has tentatively placed Rodriguez in the lineup at third base for Monday's game.
Rodriguez played in two rehab games for Double-A Trenton on Friday and Saturday, recovering from a Grade 1 quad strain. He is scheduled to fly out to Chicago to rejoin the team Sunday.