Despite suspension, Alex Rodriguez planning to attend spring training

Saturday January 11th, 2014

Alex Rodriguez (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Alex Rodriguez hit seven home runs in 44 games last season. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez is suspended for all of the 2014 regular season, and the postseason should the Yankees make it. But there is a loophole in the ruling that allows him to participate in spring training.

And Rodriguez plans to attend, his spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, told's Wallace Matthews.

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Rodriguez's lawyers argued that, if Rodriguez is able to receive an injunction, he would be able to play and should be allowed to prepare for the season as he normally would.

But the Yankees could tell Rodriguez, who'll turn 39 in July, not to join them in Tampa. He wasn't with the team while rehabbing from hip surgery last spring, according to Matthews.

The Yankees' full squad is scheduled to report on Feb. 19.

Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, hit .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games last season.

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