Alex Rodriguez said in an interview with USA Today that "I refuse to quit" and that he wants to get back with the New York Yankees as soon as possible.
"I know people think I'm nuts," he told USA Today. "I know most people wouldn't want the confrontation. Most people would say, 'Get me out of here. Trade me. Do anything.' "But I'm the (expletive) crazy man who goes, 'I want to compete. I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit.'
"Maybe it's stupidity, I don't know, but I'm wired to compete and give my best. I have a responsibility to be ready to play as soon as I can."
Rodriguez said he could not comment on his connection to the Biogenesis clinic in South Florida, because his lawyers told him not to say anything about it publicly.
Rodriguez turns 38 this month. He went 0-for-4 in two rehab games with Class A Charleston this week. He is scheduled to play a game with High-A Tampa on Friday. Rodriguez would like to rejoin the Yankees on July 22.