Rodriguez walks out of hearing

Alex Rodriguez surprisingly left his arbitration hearing on Wednesday morning in New York and has no plans to return.

The New York Yankees third baseman said in a statement that he was disgusted by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's refusal to order commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

The hearings with Horowitz had entered the 12th day when Rodriguez made the bold move. The players association had filed a grievance on Rodriguez's behalf in an attempt to overturn his 211-game suspension that Major League Baseball handed down last summer for alleged violations of MLB's drug and labor agreements.

"I am disgusted with this abusive process (that is) designed to ensure that the player fails," Rodriguez said. "This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me.

"The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."

In an apparent reference to Anthony Bosch, an MLB witness and the operator of the south Florida clinic who allegedly supplied Rodriguez and other players with performance-enhancing drugs, Rodriguez said, "I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process."