BALTIMORE, June 10 (UPI) -- Sammy Sosa on Tuesday made his case for having his eight-game suspension reduced.
Major League Baseball on Friday suspended the Chicago Cubs superstar for using a corked bat last Tuesday in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Sosa immediately appealed the ruling and a hearing was held at his hotel in Baltimore, where the Cubs open a three-game series with the Orioles on Tuesday night.
Bob DuPuy, the chief operating officer for Major League Baseball, heard the appeal.
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations who made the initial ruling, also attended the meeting, as did lawyers from the Players Association.
Prior to Tuesday's game, Sosa read a brief statement, but took no questions from reporters.
Cubs spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo said that a ruling could come as early as Wednesday.
Cork was found in a bat Sosa shattered last Tuesday. He claimed it was a one-time mistake.