A-Rod Loses Fight to Play Next Season
His suspension for doping is reduced, but it still covers all of 2014
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2014 11:39 AM CST
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez in 2012.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – A-Rod got a little relief from Major League Baseball, but only a little: His record 211-game suspension for doping has been reduced to a (still-record) 162 games. But the decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz still means that Rodriguez will have to sit out the entire 2014 season, without pay, including the playoffs if the Yankees make it, reports ESPN. In a statement, Rodriguez promised to appeal the decision in federal court and reiterated his claim that he didn't use performing-enhancing drugs.