Another day, another unwelcome dose of Alex Rodriguez drama.
You'll recall that A-Rod, in his haste to return to the active roster, sought out a second opinion on his strained quad without the Yankees' permission, and in doing so violated the terms of collective bargaining agreement. Now, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, the team has let him know that he'll be disciplined. Of course, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported some time ago that A-Rod would indeed be fined for his actions.
According to Marchand, the Yankees informed Rodriguez of their decision via hand-delivered letter right before his first game back at Yankee Stadium on Friday. According to Wallace Mathews, the Yankees may fine Rodriguez more than $150,000 -- or one day's pay -- for the unauthorized second opinion and for failing to report to the ballpark on July 12 during his minor-league rehab assignment.
Rodriguez is course in the process of appealing the 211-game suspension for his alleged role in the Biogenesis/PEDs scandal.
A-Rod sat out Saturday's loss to the Tigers and is batting .200/.333/.200 in 18 plate appearances since his return from the quad injury and, more significantly, offseason hip surgery.