January 11, 2014 3:45 pm -

mlb_g_arod_600x400An arbitrator has ruled on Alex Rodriguez’s appeal of his suspension by Major League Baseball for 211 games for use of banned substances.

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who reduced the New York Yankees third baseman’s ban from 211 games to 162 for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.

The suspension also includes all potential playoff games in 2014.

As expected, Rodriguez said he will contest Saturday’s ruling in federal court.

The decision will save the Yankees about $24 million in A-Rod’s 2014 salary, although the team still owes him about $61 million for 2015-17.

Horowitz’s ruling upholds a good portion of the original 211-game suspension levied by MLB, which banned Rodriguez in August after concluding its investigation. Rodriguez continued playing after appealing.

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