Alex Rodriguez says he will be in Chicago for Monday's Yankees-White Sox game, no matter what.
Speaking after a rehab game with New York's Trenton minor league club on Saturday, Rodriguez said he's excited to play for the Yankees and that he "can't wait to see my teammates."
Major League Baseball and the Yankees turned down requests Saturday to meet with Rodriguez's camp and the union about the embattled star's expected drug penalty, according to sources.
The overtures were made as baseball seems poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case.
The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.
There hasn't been any definite word on the severity of Rodriguez's looming penalty, with speculation ranging from a lifetime ban to a suspension through the 2014 season.