Judges keep A-Rod lawsuits separate

NEW YORK -- Federal judges say two lawsuits Alex Rodriguez filed against Major League Baseball can remain on separate tracks for now.

U.S. District Judges Lorna G. Schofield and Edgardo Ramos issued a joint order in Manhattan on Friday granting a request by the New York Yankees third baseman's lawyers. Baseball and the players' association had asked that they be combined before one judge.

In October, Rodriguez sued baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, saying they went on a "witch hunt" to wreck his career and reputation.

Rodriguez filed another lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's ruling that suspends him for the 2014 regular season and playoffs for violating the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.

The judges said the lawsuits should remain separate at least until it is decided whether the first suit stays in federal court rather than return to state court, or is dismissed.