Alex Rodriguez said on Monday he is “fighting for his life” when it comes to the 211-game suspension MLB slapped him with. On Wednesday he made the fight official with the Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealing the suspension. The 12 other players who were suspended Monday accepted their 50-game penalties without a fight but Rodriguez is bracing fora battle. With the appeal now official Rodriguez is able to play with Yankees until the grievance goes in front of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The appeal is not expected to be heard until after the season. Major League Baseball in its announcement of the ban on Monday cited Rodriguez’s “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez's discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation.” On Tuesday MLBPA head Michael Weiner told Sirius Radio he would have told A-Rod to make a deal with MLB if it had offered a suspension with a far more favorable number of games.