Alex Rodriguez brushed aside any worries about a pending suspension, saying he’s headed to Chicago and plans to play for the New York Yankees on Monday night.
“I’m excited to play Monday,” Rodriguez said after drawing four consecutive walks with Double-A Trenton on Saturday night in New Jersey. “I can’t wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help them win.”
Rodriguez said he would work out Sunday — no one disclosed the site — and then travel to Chicago, where the Yankees will meet the White Sox.
No matter what else happens?
“I’m flying to Chicago,” he said.
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, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The overtures were made two days before MLB was poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case. The two people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.
ESPN.com reported that sources told “Outside the Lines” that Rodriguez likely would be suspended through the 2014 season.
“I’ve been on the field the last 51/2 hours,” Rodriguez said. “I haven’t seen or heard anything. My focus has been on baseball. As far as any of that stuff, I’ll let those guys take care of what they need to take care of.”
Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league contract because All-Star Everth Cabrera is facing a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis investigation.
METS’ WRIGHT ON DL
The Mets placed All-Star third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he strained his right hamstring while legging out an infield hit.
Wright underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Saturday. Wright came up lame as he sprinted to first base in the 10th inning of Friday’s 4-2 win over the Royals.
“There are certain guys you really almost can’t afford to lose,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He would fit that category for us.
“David Wright is a star and you’re going to miss his presence in your lineup. Any team that loses their No. 1 player, it’s a huge hole to fill.”
JETER FACE MORE DL TIME
Yankees star Derek Jeter was sidelined because of soreness in his right leg and isn’t expected to start again until Monday against the White Sox.
If there’s no positive response by then, another trip to the disabled list looms.
“I’m definitely giving it two days,” manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees-Padres interleague game in San Diego. “My hope is that we don’t have to DL him. My goal is to get him back in there on Monday, get him in there against the White Sox and see how he does.”
The Astros will recall right-hander Brad Peacock from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. … The Reds optioned reliever Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville and got encouraging news on set-up man Jonathan Broxton, who threw 15 pitches in the bullpen and reported that his elbow felt fine. He has been on the DL since June 15.