His sentence came down Monday and, as expected, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been handed a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball due to his “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years,” MLB.com reports.
That didn’t stop A-Rod for suiting up to play his first game of the season with the Yankees, though. Rodriguez is appealing the decision and is eligible to play until his appeal is complete, which may not be until November. He held a press conference after the MLB announcement, though it mainly consisted of dancing around the questions about drug use, while talking about how excited he was to play. Rodriguez had been sidelined all season following hip surgery.
A-Rod wasn’t the only player punished, as 12 others were given 50-game suspensions for their use of performance-enhancing drugs, which they have all accepted. The actions come two weeks after MLB handed Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun a 65-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, which leaves him out of the rest of the 2013 season.