- The 37-year-old outfielder, an eight-time All-Star, has been working himself back into shape following colon cancer surgery last Oct. 3. Only yesterday he said in a TV interview that he hoped to rejoin the Yankees next week, now that he has finished his chemotherapy treatment.
- Strawberry's list of substance abuse problems is lengthy. Major league baseball suspended him for 60 days in 1995 after he tested positive for cocaine. The previous year he entered the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and spent four weeks undergoing treatment for a substance abuse problem.