A-Rod, lawyer issue statements

CHICAGO -- Alex Rodriguez and his lawyer, David Cornwell, issued statements Monday after Major League Baseball announced its 211-game suspension of Rodriguez for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic.

Rodriguez will be allowed to play for the New York Yankees while his appeal of the ruling is heard.

Rodriguez: "I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight. I want to thank my family, friends and fans who have stood by my side through all this."

Cornwell: "It is regrettable that the Commissioner's office has taken this unprecedented action. Major League Baseball has gone well beyond the authority granted to its Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement. Consequently, we will appeal the discipline and pursue all legal remedies available to Alex."