NEW YORK -- The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding today's ruling by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing:

"The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the Arbitrator in Alex's case that the Commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the Arbitrator's ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex's suspension within the context of this hearing."