ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Because of his battle with cancer, Darryl Strawberry won't join the St. Paul Saints this summer to do community relations work.

Team owner Marvin Goldklang, who had hoped to employ Strawberry, said he talked Wednesday with the agent for the suspended New York Yankees' slugger. The two discussed medical test results for Strawberry, the Pioneer Press reported, but Goldklang declined to be specific about the outfielder's condition.

``Darryl is dealing with a very serious medical condition,'' Goldklang said. ``At this point, we're not even thinking about what he may or may not do for the Saints. Darryl might be in the hospital the rest of the summer.''

The 39-year-old Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 1998 and underwent chemotherapy. He revealed last month there was a recurrence, this time in his lymph nodes.

Strawberry is serving a one-year ban from major league baseball for drug abuse, the third drug-related suspension of his career. He wrote commissioner Bud Selig several weeks ago to ask that the yearlong ban be cut short.