Gomes: A-Rod shouldn't play during appeal

With the baseball world abuzz about the suspensions handed down by MLB on Monday, particularly the 211-game ban slapped on Alex Rodriguez, Red Sox players commented before their game in Houston, with Jonny Gomes saying he didn't think it is appropriate that A-Rod is allowed to play while appealing his punishment.

"I don't think so, to tell you the truth," Gomes said when asked if it was right that A-Rod was still out there, according to MassLive.com. "I can imagine being the pitcher, just knowing this guy is on or has done steroids. That's not an equal battle right there. I don't know how that would really work out. Good thing I don't pitch. It doesn't make much sense that he's still playing."

Gomes also said he's somewhat bothered that the Players Association is assisting Rodriguez's appeal.

"Yeah I guess so, a little bit," Gomes said. "Because we do pay dues that go to our union that pay for our union guys to battle for our insurance and our pension and travel around and make sure we're doing OK. That's where our dues go. So I hope our dues don't go to his lawyer fees by any means. I don't know -- I think there's still so much info we don't know about all that."