Darryl Strawberry's suspension was cut short one week by Commissioner Bud Selig, making the Yankees' outfielder eligible to play Wednesday.
Strawberry originally was suspended for 120 days after his arrest on solicitation and drug charges in April, a penalty scheduled to run through Aug. 11.
Selig decided to shorten the suspension after reviewing medical records and speaking to Strawberry twice.
"I'm starting to get into the frame of mind of playing," Strawberry said yesterday in Tampa. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready to get going."
Strawberry will report Wednesday to Class AAA Columbus and is expected to play that night against Norfolk, according to Mark Newman, the Yankees' vice president of player development.
Strawberry has been working out at New York's minor league complex in Tampa since July 9. "The good thing out of this for me was, it allowed me the time off to really take care of myself physically and mentally," Strawberry said.
He hasn't played in a game since the final week of the 1998 season, before colon cancer surgery forced him to miss the playoffs and World Series.
TWINS' SALE: The owners of the Twins said they have agreed to sell their entire interest in the team to a St. Paul group by Oct. 1, and the team would move from Minneapolis if a sales tax referendum to build a stadium passes. Major League Baseball has also agreed to the deal, and the league has approved a move from the Metrodome in Minneapolis if St. Paul can build a new stadium. Mayor Norm Coleman wants voters to approve a half-cent increase in the city's sales tax in the Nov. 2 election. Legislative approval is also needed.