New York Yankees A-Rod to consider reduced ban - report

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Alex Rodriguez has admitted that he will accept a reduction of his 211-game ban and will not attempt to get an injunction, a source told ESPN.

The New York Yankees slugger has been fighting to overturn the huge ban following a scandal linking him with a Florida-based drug company that supplied performance enhancing drugs to professional athletes.

The arbitrator Fredric Horowitz is expected to give his verdict on A-Rod's appeal as early as Friday, with Rodriguez rumoured to be readying an attempt to get an injunction delaying the punishment should it not go his way.

But if the ban is reduced to under 100 games, ESPN say that Rodriguez's legal team will not attempt to halt the ruling in the federal court.

If the ban is shorter than 100 games "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told

The source also claimed that a courtroom battle would cost Rodriguez "at least $10m will no guarantee of success" while a 100-game ban will cost Rodriguez $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight.

"It's not just a matter of money, it's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

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