Alex Rodriguez has started the process of fighting his 211-game suspension from baseball.
The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed his suspension Wednesday, which will send the case to an independent arbitrator.
A spokesman for the MLB union, Greg Bouris, confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association has no further comment.
The New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he too doesn’t have much to say about the appeal either.
“I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be any different,” Girardi said. “As far as having a reaction, it’s kind of what I expected. It’s part of the process that was negotiated between MLB and the players’ association, and you let it play out. I expect him to play a lot. We need him to help us.”
On Monday, Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, which could see him off the field through the 2014 season.
The Yankees’ player was involved in an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a debunked Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to several MLB players.
Since the suspension, Rodriguez has played in two games for the New York Yankees. The appeal process allows him to play until the issue is resolved.