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Strawberry Suspension Ends Aug. 11

June 18, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Darryl Strawberry will be eligible to return to baseball on Aug. 11 following a suspension for his arrest on a cocaine possession charge, commissioner Bud Selig decided Friday.

Strawberry could return slightly sooner, with Selig saying he will review the situation July 22 because of ``mitigating health factors.″

Strawberry’s suspension will total 120 days, retroactive to his April 14 arrest in Tampa, Fla., Selig ruled. He had suspended Strawberry indefinitely on April 24.

Doctors for the players’ association and the commissioner’s office have been working on a joint recommendation to Selig on how he should proceed.

The 37-year-old New York Yankees outfielder, who served a 90-day suspension in 1995 after testing positive for cocaine, pleaded no contest to cocaine possession and solicitation charges and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and 100 hours’ community service.

He also must undergo more drug treatment, be tested twice and week and pay $456 in court fees.

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