Taking that step against the slugger would stop the New York Yankees player from returning to the field, even if his current injury has healed.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense by MLB. A first-time offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement may still be able to take the field if the players’ union files a grievance. The penalty would simply be put on hold until after an arbitrator rules the case.
But if the MLB suspends him under the collective bargaining agreement he would have to sit out.
Rodriguez and other players have been involved in a major investigation by MLB. Since January, reports have surfaced alleging several players received performance enhancement drugs from Biogenesis of America, a former anti-aging clinic on Florida.
In the past, the Yankees player admitted to using PEDs while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He has denied using them since then.