Will A-Rod ever play in the majors again after Sox series?

Will A-Rod ever play in the majors again after Sox series?
August 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
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CSN Staff

Alex Rodriguez played for New York Monday night against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, and all indications are he'll play Tuesday and Wednesday, too.

After that? There's plenty of uncertainty.

Rodriguez was handed a 211-game ban by Major League Baseball on Monday, but will appeal that suspension. He was given a Thursday deadline to appeal, meaning he'll be available tomorrow and Wednesday for the Yankees.

[Watch: Alex Rodriguez's pregame press conference]

If Rodriguez loses his appeal, he wouldn't be eligible to return to the majors until 2015, when he'll be 39 on Opening Day and 21 years removed from his MLB debut. Injuries and old age have slowed his production, as over the last three years he's hit .272/.351/.468 with 64 home runs. He's under contract with New York through 2017, and is owed $61 million from 2015-2017.

Monday's SportsTalk Live panel weighed in on Rodriguez's future, and also debated this question: If MLB offered Rodriguez a 50 or 100-game suspension, would he have taken it? Check out the video above for the panel's take.