New York Yankees fine Alex Rodriguez $150k

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez looks on from the dugout against the Detroit Tigers...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez looks on from the dugout against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

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The New York Yankees fined third baseman Alex Rodriguez more than $150,000, ESPNNewYork.com reported.

Rodriguez was assessed the fine for missing a July 12 meeting with Major League Baseball officials to discuss his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and seeking a second medical opinion on an injury without notifying the team first.

Rodriguez has been playing since Monday after appealing a 211-game suspension stemming from his associations with Biogenesis.

A letter written by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was reportedly hand-delivered to Rodriguez before Friday's game against the visiting Detroit Tigers. It details why the Yankees fined the third baseman, noting the July 12 absence and seeking the second medical opinion.

Part of it reads: "The club contemplates discipline for your most recent violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement." The letter does not specify how the dollar figure was settled on, but the $153,846 amount equates to one day's pay under Rodriguez's contract, in which he makes $28 million this year.

The Yankees already fined backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, who accepted a 50-game ban for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. He was fined for failing to appear for treatment on his injured hand and shoulder on July 28.

Cervelli said he was "too stressed out" to come to the Yankees' facility in Tampa, Fla., after learning about his suspension, according to a source.

His $2,831 fine also equals a day's pay. He makes a $515,350 salary this season.

Rodriguez and Cervelli can appeal the fines, according to the collective bargaining agreement.

When Rodriguez was asked about the letter, he denied receiving it before saying that it may have been sent to his lawyers.

"But I'm not really going to talk about that," he said.

A source indicated that Rodriguez, his attorney David Cornwell, MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner, MLB executive Rob Manfred and Yankees team president Randy Levine were among those who received the letter.

Some in Rodriguez's camp believe that the timing of the letter's delivery was part of a conspiracy that the Yankees are trying to alienate him, but another source dismissed the theory.

"You think a letter like that is going to (mess) him up?," the source said. "This guy's got legal stuff going on all the time. This is just a gnat compared to everything he's got going on."


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