First Pitch: Will A-Rod make it to rehab?

Is this the week for A-Rod?

There have been indications that embattled Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended by Major League Baseball this week for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Rodriguez’s suspension could possibly be for the rest of this season and next season as well. It is also possible that commissioner Bud Selig could seek a lifetime ban on A-Rod for lying to investigators and interfering with their investigation.

Of course, this could prove difficult, as Rodriguez has never been suspended before.

A-Rod, who is out with a quadriceps injury, believes he’s ready to play, but told the Yankees that he’d accept their plan to have him start a rehab assignment Aug. 1.

Rodriguez said that he chose to do a five-day rehab, which could potentially put him back in the lineup by Aug. 6 against the Chicago White Sox.

Either way, there isn’t much trust on either side after the whole doctor fiasco.


Rodriguez may never end up returning this season anyway after MLB -- as expected -- decides to drop the hammer.

UP NOW: Derek Jeter had quite the return, Phil Hughes was dreadful, Hideki Matsui officially retired as a Yankee and Ownership overruled Brian Cashman on the Alfonso Soriano trade. Plus, several other items on the blog.

ON DECK: The Yankees are off Monday. Then they hit the West Coast, starting with a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins Tuesday. Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39 ERA) faces Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49). First pitch, 10:10 ET.