Alex Rodriguez's scheduled interview with Major League Baseball Friday has been postponed because the Yankees third baseman is ill, a person familiar with the situation said last night. There was no immediate comment from Rodriguez's attorneys or spokesman.
Rodriguez was said to be recovering in California with no date set for the interview. The illness was not described as serious, but there was no indication if it would impact Monday's scheduled resumption of Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension. Rodriguez's legal team is expected to begin its presentation when the hearing reconvenes.
Rodriguez's investigatory interview, mandated by a provision in the collective bargaining agreement, was to be held at the Major League Baseball Players Association offices in Manhattan. It was to be a fact- finding interview by MLB before the anticipated testimony of Rodriguez in his arbitration case. Rodriguez was issued the suspension Aug. 5 after MLB's investigation linked him to performance-enhancing drugs in the Biogenesis probe.
When the interview takes place, Rodriguez will be questioned by Dan Halem, MLB's senior vice president and general counsel who has attended all eight arbitration sessions. Rodriguez already had been interviewed by MLB in connection with the probe but did not answer questions, sources said.