W2W4: D-Day for A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez is expected to be officially suspended on Monday by commissioner Bud Selig.

He is likely to receive a 214-game suspension that, if upheld after a likely appeal, will keep him out of the majors for the rest of this season and the entire 2014 campaign.

Where is A-Rod? Rodriguez said Saturday that he plans on being in Chicago and in the New York Yankees' lineup on Monday against the Chicago White Sox. His workout Sunday was shrouded in secrecy by the Yankees. He did not talk to reporters after the session.

Joe Girardi alluded to the idea that A-Rod would be with the team on Monday, but the Yankees have made no official announcement.

Will he play? Rodriguez is expected to appeal any suspension. If he were suspended under just the Joint Drug Agreement, Rodriguez would be eligible to be on the field during the appeal process.

If commissioner Selig uses the collective bargaining agreement as part of Rodriguez's punishment, then he could prevent A-Rod from taking the field on Monday.

Selig, however, is not expected to use the "best interest of the game" policy or ban A-Rod from the game for life, so A-Rod is expected to appeal any punishment and play.

Do the Yanks need him? Girardi said that with the Yankees facing three lefties in Chicago (Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Hector Santiago), he would like to see A-Rod's right-handed bat in the lineup. The Yankees have had little to no production at third base all season long.

Entering play Sunday, their third baseman had combined to hit an MLB-low .215 with just four home runs and a league-low 32 RBIs.

What's A-Rod saying? Rodriguez said on Saturday that he expects to play for the Yanks Monday and added on Friday that he's planning to play five more seasons. He also said that he'd fly to Chicago even if MLB levied a suspension on Sunday.

"I can't wait to see my teammates," he said Saturday. "I feel like I can help us win. I can help us be a better team. I haven't seen a lot of my brothers in a long time."

The 11th hour: While both sides have dug in and have been sniping at each other in the media for months, deals like this, if there is one to be had between baseball and Rodriguez, often happen right at the final deadline. Rhetoric gets thrown out the window and is often replaced by common sense. So there is still a chance that Rodriguez and MLB can come to an agreement on his ban sometime today.

What time will the suspension come down? You really want us to predict that? After all the starts and stops with this announcement, that would be tough. This is what we know: Today is the day for the punishment to be handed down because the teams expected to be impacted by the discipline have at least 50 games remaining. Other players with ties to Biogenesis are expected to take 50-game bans, which would give them a clean slate for next season. MLB would also like to get the matter behind it. With A-Rod not cooperating, that doesn't seem like it's going to happen.

Question: Are you rooting for A-Rod, MLB or the Yanks in this matter?

Up now: The latest on the A-Rod saga as we wait on a decision to come down from MLB. Also, Wallace Matthews has Sunday's game against San Diego covered.

On deck: The Yanks open a three-game series against the White Sox on Monday. Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28 ERA) takes on Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62 ERA). Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand will have the lineups and the pregame news before the first pitch at 8 p.m., but be sure to check the blog all day for updates on A-Rod.