A-Rod says session 'went good,' even though Anthony Bosch testifies
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Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch testified for a second full day at Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension Wednesday, a person familiar with the proceeding said.
Rodriguez said the session "went good," in a brief comment before leaving Major League Baseball's headquarters in Manhattan.
The hearing before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz is expected to extend beyond tomorrow, the original timetable set aside for the process, another source said. Horowitz will coordinate the future dates with MLB and Rodriguez's legal team. Horowitz will have 25 days from the conclusion of the hearing to uphold, overturn or alter the suspension.
Bosch, the founder of the former anti-aging clinic in Miami known as Biogenesis, is considered to be MLB's star witness against Rodriguez, who was suspended on Aug. 5. MLB has alleged that Biogenesis, under Bosch's direction, provided performance-enhancing drugs to Rodriguez and other players. Rodriguez also was disciplined for violations of the Basic Agreement for what MLB said was obstructing its investigation.
Bosch, who will continue to testify Thursday, has yet to be cross-examined by Rodriguez's attorneys. In return for testifying, Bosch is expected to be dismissed as a defendant from an MLB suit in Florida, a source said Tuesday. The source also said Bosch is not being paid for his testimony.
Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, issued a statement early yesterday denying a New York Daily News report that said Rodriguez's defense would be that he thought Biogenesis was providing him with legal supplements.
"We cannot provide any details of this hearing as the chair of the arbitration panel has issued an order prohibiting all parties from commenting publicly on the confidential proceedings."
Rodriguez received a second day of support from more than 250 fans outside MLB's Park Avenue headquarters. The group from Hispanics Across America held signs supporting Rodriguez and some critical of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Yankees president Randy Levine.
Levine refused comment in an email. Sergio Rodriguez, the group's executive director, said his organization is not being paid for its participation.
The hearing is expected to resume Thursday at 10 a.m.