One day after drawing five intentional walks in a rookie-league game, Darryl Strawberry resumed swinging a bat Saturday. It didn't do much good.
Strawberry, 33, went 0-for-4 against two 19-year-old pitchers as the Yankees' Gulf Coast League team lost 4-0 to an Astros affiliate. In six games since the end of his cocaine suspension, the eight-time All-Star is hitting .188 (3-for-16) with five strikeouts.
Strawberry, 1983 National League Rookie of the Year with the Mets, is working to start his career anew with the Yankees after being released by the Dodgers and Giants since May 1994. New York sent him to the rookie league but was expected to call him up this month.
On Friday, Detroit Tigers general manager Joe Klein sent orders for his Lakeland-based team to walk Strawberry each time he came to bat. Klein told the Associated Press on Friday that his intent was to protect young pitchers from a possible line drive off Strawberry's bat.
Astros pitchers J.D. Prestash and Chris McFerrin were thankful, however, for their opportunity Saturday at the Yankees' minor-league complex. Prestash retired Strawberry on a grounder in the first and got him to fly out in the third.
McFerrin got him on a fly to center in the sixth and struck him out on three pitches in the ninth.
"I was hoping to get to face him. At this level, you're not going to face many major-leaguers," Prestash said. "I made some good pitches, and he didn't get around on them."
A's: Oakland placed former Saint Leo pitcher Jim Corsi on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and moved Steve Karsay, another right-hander, from the 15-day to the 60-day list.