A-Rod 'Disappointed' with Penalty, Intends to Appeal, 'Eager' to Get Back on Field

A-Rod 'Disappointed' with Penalty, Intends to Appeal, 'Eager' to Get Back on Field

After Major League Baseball suspended him for 211 games on Monday, embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said he was “disappointed” with the penalty and “eager” to get back on the field against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He said he would “appeal” and “fight through the process.”

“I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I want to thank my family, friends and fans who have stood by myself through all this.”

Rodriguez’s suspension officially begins on Thursday, but Major League Baseball has said Rodriguez could play until the appeals process is complete. 

Rodriguez’s attorney, David Cornwell, also issued this statement:

“It is regrettable that the Commissioner’s office has taken this unprecedented action. Major League Baseball has gone well beyond the authority granted to its Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement. Consequently, we will appeal the discipline and pursue all legal remedies available to Alex.”