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DARRYL TO BE A DAD, YANKEE PROSPECT HURT

The New York Yankees are three weeks from spring training, but they are still making news good and bad.

A cancer-free Darryl Strawberry and his wife are expecting a baby, the New York Post reported today.

"It's a blessing because when I went through the cancer, doctors told me it would be hard for (Charisse) to get pregnant because the chemotherapy might have made me sterile," Strawberry said.

The 38-year-old had six months of chemotherapy treatments last spring after doctors removed a cancerous tumor from his colon on Oct. 3, 1998.

Charisse Strawberry is four months pregnant with the couple's third child. Darryl Strawberry also has two children from a previous marriage.

Strawberry also announced that a test on Jan. 10 revealed his colon is free of cancer.

Reliever Jason Grimsley avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $750,000, one-year contract, and outfielder Roberto Kelly rejoined the Yankees by agreeing to a minor league contract. Kelly played for the Yankees from 1987-92.

Yankees shortstop prospect D'Angelo Jimenez was seriously injured in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, the New York Times reported. Jimenez, 22, hurt his upper back and was placed in a halo brace following Wednesday's accident and could miss the entire 2000 season. The switch-hitter hit .327 at Triple-A Columbus of the International League.

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