Major League Baseball officials reportedly rebuffed-last minute overtures from Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to meet about his pending drug penalty, which is now expected to come down Monday
Multiple reports say Rodriguez's camp reached out to the Yankees and the head of the players' union contacted baseball executives, but to no avail.
Pending a last-minute change, the suspension is now expected to keep Rodriguez out until the end of 2014.
Rodriguez is facing the suspension for patronizing a Florida drug clinic, recruiting other players and lying to baseball investigators.
He is trying to come back from hip surgery and a strained quad muscle and was walked four times in his final rehab game yesterday.
Even with the threat of a suspension, Rodriguez said unequivocally he plans to fly to Chicago to join the Yankees Monday.
"I felt great. It was great to see a lot of pitches back to back days, felt pretty good. Got some action at third base, which was nice, ready to go," Rodriguez said on Saturday night. "I haven't heard anything or seen anything. My focus has been to play baseball, get ready to play tonight, excited to be playing tonight, even more excited about Monday."
Rodriguez is poised to lose about $34 million in salary, and if he returns in 2015, he will be almost 40 years old.