Alex Rodriguez plans to sue MLB unless suspension lifted - report

Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez reacts after he hit a fly ball out against the Angels during fourth...

Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez reacts after he hit a fly ball out against the Angels during fourth inning action at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is threatening to go to court.

Sources tell TMZ.com that Rodriguez feels "persecuted" after Major League Baseball levied a 211-game suspension Aug. 5 for his links to Biogenesis, a former Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to various players.

Rodriguez will reportedly go to U.S. Federal court next month unless the suspension is lifted. Sources say he will sue the league for violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players' union and MLB.

The 38-year-old slugger, who has never tested positive and never "knowingly" used PEDs since 2003, has reportedly been drug tested 11 times between 2011 and now, and the results have always come back negative.

Rodriguez is currently playing with the Yankees after appealing the suspension last week. Entering Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, Rodriguez is batting .259 with one home run and four RBI in seven games.


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