Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Union: drug bans won't happen soon

NEW YORK — The players' association says any suspensions resulting from a drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if challenged before an arbitrator.

Union head Michael Weiner expects Major League Baseball to notify the union of its plans within the next month. He said the union will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after a grievance hearing, and then only if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.

Weiner said a discussion with Major League Baseball will include whether suspended players will be announced publicly.

Former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among the more than 12 players under investigation for ties to Biogenesis, a closed Miami-area anti-aging clinic linked with the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.

Weiner spoke from a wheelchair and said symptoms have increased in the past month from a brain tumor he was diagnosed with last summer. He said the union will appoint a deputy executive director within a week or two.

MORE REPLAY: Major League Baseball is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires' calls next year. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said "we're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014." The expansion likely would include video review for trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines.

MANNY MUST WAIT: The Rangers have no immediate plans to call up Manny Ramirez, who is trying to return to the majors for the first time since April 2011. Ramirez, 41, is 9-for-30 with three homers in nine games at Triple-A Round Rock.

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