Lawyer: A-Rod will appeal any suspension

The Sports Xchange
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Don't expect Alex Rodriguez to go the Ryan Braun route and accept a punishment from Major League Baseball.
Rodriguez's lawyer, David Cornwell, said in an interview Monday that A-Rod would fight any suspension he is handed as a result of the Biogenesis probe.
"We are focused on an appeal," Cornwell told Stephen A. Smith while appearing on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7, according to ESPN.com.
Rodriguez, 38, has yet to play for the New York Yankees this season after undergoing offseason hip surgery. His rehab was delayed due to a quadriceps injury suffered during a minor league game.
While Rodriguez subsequently maintained he was ready for big-league action, the Yankees said that he need more time off. The sides ultimately agreed to have Rodriguez begin a rehab assignment Thursday, though the affiliate he will play for has yet to be announced.
If the Yankees clear him for action, Rodriguez could be back in the major leagues for an Aug. 6 road game against the Chicago White Sox, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
Rodriguez is currently rehabbing at the Yankees' facility in Tampa, Fla.
Various reports have MLB mulling anything from a 50-game suspension to a lifetime ban for Rodriguez related to his alleged involvement with the now-shuttered Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch reportedly supplied athletes with banned performance-enhancing substances.
As part of the 10-year, $275 million deal he signed in December 2007, Rodriguez is making $28 million this year. He's owed $25 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.
All of the money is guaranteed even if Rodriguez doesn't play due to injury. However, Rodriguez wouldn't get paid during a suspension.
Should he fight a suspension, he'd be eligible to play until the appeals process is completed.
Braun accepted a season-ending, 65-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis. MLB reportedly is investigating about 20 players with ties to the clinic.

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