Alex Rodriguez is rushing back to the field Monday, but it might be his last time playing in the majors for awhile.
Multiple media reports indicate Rodriguez will be suspended through the end of the 2014 season. Announcements of his suspension, as well as a handful of other players connected to the Biogenesis scandal, will reportedly be announced Monday.
Rodriguez spent the last two days rehabbing in Double-A Trenton and is expected to arrive in Chicago Monday to join the Yankees as they begin a series with the White Sox. He was nonplussed by suspension talk following his final rehab game Saturday, in which he walked in all four plate appearances.
"I feel great. It was great to see a lot of pitches and play back-to-back days," Rodriguez told reporters. "I also got some action at third base and I'm ready to go."
Rodriguez was out until July after undergoing hip surgery in January, but strained his quad during his first rehab.
Uncertainty reigns over the suspension to be leveled on Rodriguez. He and his representatives reportedly were negotiating with MLB after they threatened a lifetime ban from MLB. But those negotiations weren't fruitful and comments he made Friday damaged his chances at settling.
He took veiled shots at the league as well as the Yankees, who he believes were delaying his return. Should he be suspended, the Yankees wouldn't need to pay his salary.
“There are a lot of layers,” Rodriguez told reporters after Friday's game, in which he went 1-for-2 with a home run. “I will say this, there is more than one party that benefits from me not being on the field. It’s not my teammates and not the fans.”
Rodriguez is due $25 million next season, money the Yankees would not have to pay should he be suspended. They would also be off the hook for the prorated amount of his $28-million 2013 salary.
But Rodriguez has vowed to fight any suspension.
He would be able to play in the majors while appealing his suspension, though reports have speculated MLB Commissioner Bud Selig could try to invoke the so-called "best interests in baseball" clause and try to keep him off the field during the appeal. That move, though, would likely draw even more consternation from Rodriguez's people and could end up in an arbitration court.
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