The preliminary stages of Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension are scheduled to begin this week, reports Steven Marcus of Newsday. A conference between MLB officials, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz and A-Rod's legal team will take place at an undisclosed location.
At this conference, which is expected to be held on Wednesday, the three sides will discuss issues relating to the discovery of evidence. They'll also start the process of setting dates for the actual arbitration hearing, which may not happen until November or December. A-Rod is expected to appear before Horowitz at some point.
Rodriguez, 38, was suspended earlier this month along with 13 other players for his ties to the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. He received the longest suspension and is the only one to file an appeal. A-Rod is allowed to play during the appeal process and is hitting .280/.359/.451 (121 OPS+) with four homers in 22 games for the Yankees.
Once the actual appeal is heard, Horowitz can uphold the suspension, overturn it, or reduce the number of games.