A-Rod: Let's get it on

HOUSTON -- With next season and possibly his career on the line, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is looking forward to the start of the appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating the joint drug agreement and the collective bargaining agreement on Monday.

"Let's get it on," Rodriguez said after manager Joe Girardi confirmed the third baseman would sit out the rest of the weekend's games. "It starts on Monday. We've got to face it head on."

Rodriguez and his team of lawyers will start the appeals process in front of the three-man panel at Major League Baseball's offices in Manhattan on Monday. The hearing is expected to take five days, and then the group is expected to decide within the next 25 days if it will either uphold, reduce or overturn the suspension.

A representative from the MLB Players Association and the commissioner's office join the independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on the three-man committee. Horowitz is expected to cast the deciding vote.

Rodriguez, 38, called the entire process a "big burden," so he is happy to finally be facing it.

"I'll be there every day," Rodriguez said. "I'm fighting for my whole life, my whole legacy. I hope everyone is there."