07/23/2013 10:13 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Could Be Facing Lifetime Ban From MLB: REPORT


With Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun becoming the first player linked to Biogenesis suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday, attention has turned to injured Yankees albatross Alex Rodriguez.

If Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 campaign then what will happen to A-Rod?

Citing an unnamed MLB source, CBS Evening News’ Jim Axelrod reported on Tuesday that Rodriguez could be facing a lifetime ban.

Shortly after Braun's suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season was announced by MLB on Monday, ESPN's Wallace Matthews reported that "sources familiar with the investigation" said the evidence against A-Rod is "far beyond" what the league has against the Brewers' slugger.

ESPN's "Outside The Lines" reported in June 2013 that Rodriguez and Braun were among approximately 20 players that MLB would seek to suspend for their connections to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to ballplayers.

Hours before Braun's suspension was revealed, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that MLB is expected to hit A-Rod with a ban of at least 50 games.

According to USA Today Sports, two people close to Rodriguez said the Yankees slugger doesn't plan on making a deal with the league.

A lifetime ban is stipulated under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a player guilty of a third positive test for a performance-enhancing substance or a third violation of the league's drug policies "through the use or possession of a performance-enhancing substance."

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