MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez could be offered plea deal

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez speaks with reporters following his rehab assignment for the Tampa Yankees...

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez speaks with reporters following his rehab assignment for the Tampa Yankees in a minor league game in Tampa, Fla., July 13, 2013. (Mike Carlson/Reuters)

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Alex Rodriguez is facing a possible 150-game suspension in MLB's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs involving a former Florida clinic, according to a report.

And Rodriguez may be offered a plea deal with the league to cut his looming drug suspension, reports the New York Daily News.

The embattled New York Yankees third baseman is on a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa following offseason hip surgery and has not played in 2013.

According to the paper's sources, MLB officials outlined their case against Rodriguez during a four-and-a-half hour meeting Friday. He then met with MLB Players Association reps to discuss what had been outlined by MLB officials.

When he didn't show up for Friday night's game at the Yankee complex, GM Brian Cashman then contacted Rodriguez and was told he "just couldn't make it."

The Yankees chastised him for not telling the organization he would not be playing Friday, even though the game was eventually rained out. Rodriguez played on Saturday.

The league has spoke to several players during their investigation into performance-enhancing drugs involving Biogenesis, a former clinic, and company founder Anthony Bosch.

BRAVES CONTINUE TO HURT

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman turned his thumb down for Tuesday's all-star game in New York.

Freeman jammed his left thumb Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds when he caught a throw that was in the path of baserunner Chris Heisey.

Freeman, who wore a soft splint on his left hand, did not play Sunday's game.

Meanwhile, outfielder B.J. Upton was placed on the disabled list after he left Friday's game against the Reds with a hip injury. Outfielders Justin Upton and Jason Heyward are also out of the lineup.

The only good news for the Braves is rookie Evan Gattis was activated from the DL. Gattis, usually a catcher, has also played left field and first base and is expected to get more playing time.

REVERE RIDES TO DL

Outfielder Ben Revere is out of the Philadelphia Phillies lineup after breaking his foot fouling off a pitch Saturday.

The Phillies placed Revere on the 15-day DL while activating catcher Erik Kratz to take his spot on the roster.

He will be further examined Monday to determine the extent of the break and how much time he will need to recover.

Revere is batting .305 this season with 37 runs scored and 22 stolen bases in 88 games.

ALL-STAR REPLACEMENTS NAMED

Six more players were named to Tuesday's all-star game as replacements.

Right-handed relievers Grant Balfour of the Oakland Athletics and Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon and San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo were added.

Balfour and Holland will replace inactive pitchers Bartolo Colon of the A's and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners. Tillman replaces Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who pitched Sunday.

McCann replaces Freddie Freeman, also of the Braves. Melancon and Romo replace inactive pitchers Jeff Locke of the Pirates and Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals for the National League team.


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