A-Rod lawsuit hearing set for Oct. 24

A pretrial status conference is set for Oct. 24 in Alex Rodriguez's federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig.

The U.S. District Court in New York announced the hearing date Friday. The hearing will cover the procedures for Rodriguez's suit, which contends MLB went on a "witch hunt'' to force him from the sport, according to NJ.com.

The lawsuit, filed last week in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, was assigned this week to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who joined the bench in December, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.

MLB filed a notice of removal this week, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law.

The legal action comes during a grievance by the players' association to overturn a 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by baseball on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.