DIERKER: Astros Manager Larry Dierker has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room after undergoing surgery this week to remove tangled blood vessels from the front of his brain.
Rob Parrish, who performed the surgery Tuesday at Methodist Hospital, told General Manager Gerry Hunsicker on Thursday that Dierker was "walking around on his own" in his private room.
Dierker, who suffered a seizure in the Astros dugout during a game Sunday, was expected to remain hospitalized into next week. He likely won't return to managing until mid-July at the earliest.
STRAWBERRY: Darryl Strawberry will be eligible to return to baseball Aug. 11 following a suspension for his arrest on a cocaine possession charge, Commissioner Bud Selig decided yesterday. 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. Selig had suspended Strawberry indefinitely on April 24.
"I'm just happy there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Darryl," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said.
Because of his ailing left knee, Strawberry will need several weeks in the minor leagues to rehabilitate.
SUZUKI: The Mets, seeking flexibility in their pitching staff, acquired hard-throwing RHP Mac Suzuki from the Mariners for LHP Allen Watson. Mets GM Steve Phillips said the team was impressed with Suzuki's fastball. "We are pleased to acquire a pitcher of Mac's ability," he said. "He has a world of talent and he just turned 24."