WOODBURY - Alex Rodriguez's publicist said this afternoon that the Yankees third baseman is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.

Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw Rodriguez playing in underground games hosted at Beverly Hills hotels and mansions where cocaine was openly used.

Rodriguez's publicist denied that the star slugger was at the games.MLB officials say they are taking the matter very seriously. Some reports say Rodriguez could face suspension if the investigation finds he was at the poker games, where the buy-ins were anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000.

This is not the first time Rodriguez has been linked to gambling. In 2005, he was questioned by MLB executives about taking part in poker games. He later admitted that "it wasn't the right thing to do." The 36-year-old Rodriguez had surgery on his right knee July 14.