(CBS NEWS) -- Major League Baseball plans to announce Monday which players it's
suspending as a result of its investigation into performance-enhancing
drugs stemming from the Florida clinic Biogenesis, multiple sources
familiar with the discussions have told CBS News.
News previously reported that a lifetime ban is being considered by the
league for the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, according to a major
league team executive. Such a ban is an option for Commissioner Bud
Selig under his authority to act in the best interest of the game.
many as 15 players could be punished in connection with the Biogenesis
investigation, according to a major league team executive.
announcement would be in the form of a paper statement, according to
league sources. As of late Saturday afternoon, there were no plans for a
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With a Monday announcement, any player
suspended for 50 games, the penalty for first-time offenders, would be
able to serve their suspensions and be eligible to play in this year's
postseason, which begins Oct. 1.
Some reports say a 6
p.m. Sunday deadline has been set for players to inform the league
whether they will accept a suspension or fight it. CBS News cannot
confirm the deadline. One source familiar with the negotiations told CBS
News "MLB has not set any deadline" as far as he knew.
News has learned that some players appear to have accepted suspensions
and others continue to negotiate or consider an appeal, according to a
source with knowledge of the negotiations.
scheduled to play Saturday night for the Yankees' AA-class minor league
affiliate in Trenton, N.J. Barring a suspension he would likely rejoin
the Yankees Monday.
Players who were suspended last year
for positive drug tests - Melky Cabreba, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani
Grandal - are not likely to be suspended again. The Joint Drug Agreement
prohibits players from being subject to "double jeopardy," according to
a spokesman for the Major League Baseball Players Association.