Gooden not likely to undergo rehab

June 30, 1994|By Murray Chass | Murray Chass,N.Y. Times News Service

NEW YORK -- The psychiatrists who handle baseball's drug cases apparently will not recommend that Dwight Gooden undergo further inpatient rehabilitation during his 60-day suspension.

Gene Orza, the Players Association's associate general counsel, said yesterday that he did not want to speak for the doctors, but he said: "My understanding is they will not recommend that he be institutionalized. I believe their recommendation will take the form of a more highly structured and more formalized after-care reporting system, some increased testing and some additional participation in counseling sessions and meetings in the New York area."

Gooden, one of the most popular and successful players in Mets history, remained in the New York area but out of sight for the second day yesterday as his suspension without pay remained a hot topic of discussion in and out of baseball.

Reporters and camera crews surrounded his Long Island residence, though police said he was not at home. Mets teammates friendly with the pitcher said yesterday morning that they had not talked with Gooden.

Neither major-league officials nor the Mets have said specifically why Bud Selig, the acting commissioner, suspended the pitcher, but others in baseball with knowledge of the action have said that he failed two drug tests.

The Gooden development renewed talk about the possibility of negotiations between the clubs and the union for a joint drug program. They haven't had one since the clubs unilaterally terminated the joint program in October 1985.

In a negotiating session last month, the owners' representatives said they would like to discuss a new agreement. Union lawyers said Wednesday that they, too, would like a new agreement. But one major roadblock to a joint program is their differing views on mandatory testing.

Gooden, as part of his after-care program, has been tested two or three times a week since he underwent drug rehabilitation in 1987. No officials would say yesterday when he took the tests that he is said to have failed.

The immediate future of the Mets' tarnished star is in the hands of Dr. Robert Millman, who represents the clubs, and Dr. Joel Solomon, who represents the players. They plan to meet with Gooden this week and recommend a course of treatment.

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