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Report: A-Rod Among 20 Players Facing Possible Suspension In Doping Probe

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Hip surgery has kept Alex Rodriguez from playing for the Yankees this year, but it could be awhile longer before he ever hits a ball field again.

Published reports say A-Rod is one of nearly two dozen players who could soon be facing 100 game suspensions over baseball's performance enhancing drug scandal.

The reports say Major League Baseball is considering suspending the players now that it has reached a deal with Tony Bosch, who ran a Miami anti-aging clinic, to cooperate with its investigation into PEDs.

Baseball has been investigating since the Miami New Times said it obtained documents showing A-Rod and other major leaguers bought performance enhancing drugs from Bosch's clinic.

Rodriguez denies the charges, though he has admitted using steroids earlier in his career.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he has not addressed the issue with A-Rod and will let Major League Baseball handle it.

"I worry about baseball being affected as a game, the whole thing and what it's been through in the last 15 years and that's my concern. But I always worry about my players. Always. Because I think one thing you never want to forget is that they're human beings," Girardi said.

ESPN says Bosch is expected to meet with baseball officials within a week, and that the suspensions could be announced within two weeks.

Meanwhile, fans who spoke with NY1 were split on whether A-Rod should be punished.

"Punishment fits the crime, you know. You got caught twice already you gotta suspend him a hundred games. But you know what, a hundred games he'll be back after next season, halfway through next season he's still young enough, he's still good to go," said one Yankees fan.

"I think they should just give him the benefit of the doubt and let it slide. Everybody makes mistakes," said another fan.

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