New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez says he's 'fighting for his life and legacy' as he deals with his 211-game suspension for doping offences.
The Yankees third baseman will have his case heard at an arbitration hearing this week, but didn't feature this weekend against Houston - the final game of the regular season - because of sore legs.
Rodriguez's hearing is scheduled for five days this week, Monday to Friday, and he has stated that he plans to attend every session.
"I'm fighting for my life and my whole legacy," Rodriguez told USA Today. "Yeah, I should be there."
Rodriguez was slapped with a 211-game suspension by the MLB on August 5th for his part in the Biogenesis drug investigation.
The Yankees hitter is looking to have the ban reduced or even overturned completely at the appeal hearing, although he wouldn't be drawn on what he would consider a successful appeal.
"I'm not going to get into that," Rodriguez continued. "I told you guys about a month-and-a-half ago that I'm not going to talk about it during the season.
"I'm kind of just giving you some colour on it, but I'm not going to get into my expectations and whatnot."
The 38-year-old is still owed a significant chunk of money as part of his current Yankees contract - up to $86m over the next four seasons.
He's been plagued by injury in recent years, and admits he's just looking forward to resuming preseason training ahead of next year's campaign.
"I'm looking forward to coming back in great shape and being a big contributor."