Yankees statement on Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli suspensions

Alex Rodriguez looks on during batting practice during Alex Rodriguez looks on during batting practice during Game 4 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Oct. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

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The Yankees released the following statement on the suspensions of Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli. Rodriguez was suspended 211 games for his involvement with Biogenesis, but will appeal the ruling. Cervelli, currently injured, has been suspended 50 games and is accepting the ban:

"We are in full support of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We also recognize and respect the appeals process. Until the process under the Drug Program is complete, we will have no comment. We are confident that the process outlined in the Drug Program will result in the appropriate resolution of this matter. In the meantime, the Yankees remain focused on playing baseball.

However, we are compelled to address certain reckless and false allegations concerning the Yankees' role in this matter. The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez.

Separately, we are disappointed with the news today of the suspension of Francisco Cervelli. It's clear that he used bad judgment."

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