New York Yankees plan to send A-Rod to minors

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Alex Rodriguez may be relegated to the minor-league training camp in the spring, following his season-long suspension, reports ESPN New York.

The New York Yankees third baseman was hit with a 162 game suspension over the weekend - a reduction on his original 211 game ban - but still intends to appeal the decision.

Despite the ban, Rodriguez is still eligible to take part in the Yankees spring training camp and, according the CBS, plans to do so.

But the Yankees have other ideas and are considering relegating him to the minor-league camp should he go.

Not only will they make him go to the minors but, unbelievably, officials have told coaches to ignore Rodriguez completely, and to not hit him any ground balls or hit or throw him batting practice.

It's another blow for Rodriguez, who faces a federal court battle following the arbitrator's decision to uphold most of the original ban.

Rodriguez found himself in this mess after being linked with a Florida-based clinic that was accused of providing performance enhancing drugs to a number of professional athletes.

The slugger is expected to lose more than $22m for the games he is missing.

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