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Alex Rodriguez issues statement

Alex Rodriguez said Thursday he is not ready to talk about the alleged connection between him and the founder of a Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal in Major League Baseball.

"Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded," Rodriguez said in a statement. "I would hope this thing would follow the guidelines of our Basic Agreement. I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate.

"As I have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship. I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I'm back playing."

Rodriguez issued his statement less than two days after ESPN's "Outside the Lines" learned that MLB will attempt to suspend the star third baseman and about 20 other players linked to Biogenesis of America and Tony Bosch, the now-shuttered clinic's founder.

Sources told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell that Rodriguez has hired attorney David Cornwell of Gordon & Rees in Atlanta to assist him with the Biogenesis case. Cornwell is well known for representing athletes on players rights issues and recently represented Ryan Braun in his successful appeal of a positive test, which was thrown out due to the handling of his urine sample.

Sources said Cornwell has been working with Rodriguez for about a month and that he is not currently working with Braun on his role in connection with the Biogenesis case. Cornwell could not be reached for comment.

Bosch reached an agreement this week to cooperate with MLB's investigation, giving baseball the ammunition officials believe they need to suspend the players.

One source familiar with the case told "Outside the Lines" that commissioner Bud Selig's office might seek 100-game suspensions for Rodriguez, Braun and other players, the penalty for a second doping offense.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Rodriguez denied Bosch's request for financial assistance after MLB filed a lawsuit against him in March.

The Daily News, citing a source, reported that Rodriguez rebuffed Bosch's request for money -- reportedly hundreds of thousands of dollars. After that, Bosch went to MLB.

"A-Rod refused to pay him what he wanted," the source told the Daily News. "Baseball was worried about that."

In exchange for Bosch's full cooperation, MLB will drop the lawsuit against Bosch, sources told "Outside the Lines" on Tuesday.

Rodriguez has been working out in Tampa, Fla., as he recovers from hip surgery.

Information from ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, Outside the Lines' T.J. Quinn and ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand was used in this report.