Court: MLB can depose A-Rod’s cousin in drug suit

A Florida appeals court has ruled Major League Baseball can take

a deposition from a cousin of Alex Rodriguez as part of the sport’s

lawsuit involving banned substances.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled 3-0 Wednesday

that A-Rod’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, and another witness must submit

to the depositions. The court rejected arguments that MLB’s case

against Biogenesis of America and others belonged in federal rather

than state court.

MLB claims that Biogenesis violated its agreements with players

by providing them with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez denies using banned substances and the players’ union

filed a grievance to overturn his 211-game suspension, a case

pending before an arbitrator. Thirteen players accepted suspensions

of 50-to-65 games.

After Rodriguez in 2009 admitted using PEDs from 2001-03 while

with Texas, media reports said Sucart obtained the substances for

A-Rod.

Rodriguez has sued MLB over its investigation.

Judge Thomas Logue wrote the opinion after hearing the case with

Judges Linda Ann Wells and Kevin Emas.