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More tests scheduled for Corey

Pitcher’s collapse still unexplained

June 30, 2002

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— More tests were scheduled for New York Mets pitcher Mark Corey after initial medical results released Saturday gave no indication on why he collapsed earlier this week.

Corey, who admitted to Newsday that he used marijuana Wednesday night before falling ill in a parking lot outside a hotel near Shea Stadium, was stricken shortly after the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets said further tests on Corey should be completed by Monday, when he is scheduled to be examined by a neurologist.

"We got back a few tests and they all came back negative in terms of being able to determine what caused the seizure," Mets assistant general manager Jim Duquette said Saturday. "We haven't been able to come to any conclusion. I don't know if we'll have any conclusion."

Several reports Saturday said Mets teammate Tony Tarasco, who drove Corey to the hotel and was with the pitcher when he was stricken, used marijuana with Corey.

The New York Post reported that Tarasco was asked by police where the marijuana was bought and if it was laced with a substance, but Tarasco could not provide the information or a sample of the drug.

The New York Times reported that police did not search Tarasco's car for drugs.

When approached after the Mets' 11-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday, Tarasco refused to comment.

Corey, a seldom-used reliever, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

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