As Alex Rodriguez waits for an arbitrator to rule on his 211-game suspension, the Yankees third baseman got a favorable bounce Friday when a federal judge granted a stay to his former public relations guru, Michael Sitrick, who will not have to comply with Major League Baseball's subpoena to testify while he appeals it.
Sitrick could have been a damaging witness to Rodriguez, but Manhattan federal judge Edgardo Ramos permitted his stay and also denied MLB's request to hold Sitrick in contempt of court during his appeal of the subpoena.
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MLB is looking for more evidence from Sitrick, who they believe has documents that Rodriguez took from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch.
"We are pleased with the judge's decision,'' said Sitrick's lawyer, Gayle R. Klein. "The court's ruling speaks for itself.''
As a result, it is unlikely that Sitrick's appeal will be heard before the independent arbitrator, Fredric Horowitz, delivers his verdict on Rodriguez's suspension, which is expected around Jan. 1.
In October, Rodriguez's lead attorney, Joe Tacopina, said MLB was showing "desperation'' by trying to force Sitrick to testify before Horowitz.
MLB alleges that Rodriguez or others acting on his behalf provided records to Sitrick that implicated other players in receiving PEDs from Bosch and also gave that information to Yahoo! Sports.
With Steven Marcus