HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees works out on the field before the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 27, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON (AP) - Alex Rodriguez says dealing with his 211-game suspension stemming from baseball's Biogenesis drug investigation has been a "big burden" and adds he's ready to face it "head on" when the arbitration hearing on his grievancel begins Monday.
Rodriguez is with the New York Yankees in Houston this weekend, though he doesn't expect to play again this season because of soreness in his legs.
He says he's excited to get the hearing started and that he plans to be there every day because: "I'm fighting for my life and my whole legacy."
Rodriguez was suspended by MLB the day he returned from hip surgery on Aug. 5.
The 38-year-old is hitting .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season and is six homers shy of tying Willie Mays' 660 for fourth place.
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