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Gooden Leaves Drug Treatment Center to Begin Workouts

Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets left a drug rehabilitation center Wednesday, ending his 28-day treatment for cocaine use.

Surrounded by a group of about 50 people, Gooden walked briskly out of the Smithers Alcoholism and Treatment Center in New York, entered a waiting car and was driven away without saying anything.

Gooden, 22, had entered the center April 2 after testing positive for cocaine. He is expected to resume pitching for the Mets by June 1 after working out privately at Shea Stadium and making a couple of starts for Class-AAA Tidewater in the International League.

He will appear at a Shea Stadium news conference today to read a prepared statement, but will not answer questions, the Mets said.

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