Darryl Strawberry learned Thursday he has a cancerous tumor in his colon and he will undergo surgery this weekend. The 36-year-old outfielder, whose career has been beset by personal problems and injuries, did not travel with the Yankees, staying in New York for tests at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He will have surgery as early as Saturday.
"Because of the location and his good health, prognosis for a full recovery is excellent," Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone said.Strawberry, who has had stomach pain, spoke with his boyhood friend, Orioles outfielder Eric Davis, who returned from colon cancer surgery in 1997 to lead Baltimore to the AL playoffs, who said the first symptom of his illness was severe stomach pain, and that prompted Strawberry to seek medical attention.
Strawberry, who has overcome a cocaine addiction, was one of the Yankees' top power hitters this season, batting .247 with 24 homers and 57 RBIs in 295 at-bats, primarily as a designated hitter against right-handed pitchers.