The Yankees will grant Alex Rodriguez permission to skip the season's final three games in order to prepare for next week’s arbitration hearing in his bitter fight against a doping ban the Daily News has learned.

And while Rodriguez stays at home to huddle with his lawyers even his injured teammate Derek Jeter will make the trip to Houston for the three-game stand against the Astros that closes out the Yankees' disappointing season.

A-Rod's decision to stay home means that Thursday night's game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium will be the embattled slugger's final game of the 2013 season with only the slimmest chances that he'll be back before 2015. Rodriguez is contesting a 211-game suspension that Major League Baseball levied for his involvement in the Biogenesis doping scandal.

Rodriguez has hit .244 since Aug. 5 the day he returned from a hip injury under a cloud of scandal accused of procuring performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic throughout 2010 2011 and 2012 and then interfering with MLB's investigation earlier this year.