Alex Rodriguez will return to the Yankees AND be suspended tomorrow
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, A-Rod will be suspended tomorrow, likely for the rest of this season and all of next season. However, unlike recent speculation, Bud Selig will not use the CBA's "best interest of baseball" clause to suspend A-Rod, thus taking away his right to appeal. Instead Selig will suspended Rodriguez via the Joint Drug Agreement. Because of this, again according to Sherman, A-Rod will be in the Yankees lineup tomorrow, on the same day he is suspended. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has essentially confirmed this, and that A-Rod has been "penciled in" to tomorrow's lineup.
Now, there's little doubt that A-Rod isn't guilty of whatever it is MLB has on him, although it would be nice to see the evidence against him. However, the process that Bud Selig has gone through to "get" A-Rod has been a meandering mess. If he's going to use the JDA to suspend him, he has to provide a reason for not using the 50/100/life process outlined in the JDA. I'm willing to go along with it if I knew the evidence, and if I didn't get the impression that MLB is flying by the seat of its pants acting solely out of vengeance. MLB wants a PR boost by "going after the cheaters," but all the delays, leaks, and misdirections just make them look amateurish. As a result, they get the farce of A-Rod coming back to the Yankees and getting suspended on the same day.
I'm all for violators of the JDA being held accountable, but due process is paramount, even if the player in question is unpopular. The way MLB and Selig have handled this whole Biogenesis situation makes me think due process isn't being followed, and that's what troubles me going forward.