Dykstra gets year's probation for gambling


Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was placed on one year's probation yesterday by commissioner Fay Vincent because of his gambling activities.

Dykstra, who last week testified to losing $78,000 during poker games in Mississippi, must report to the commissioner's office on a regular basis during the probationary period. Further gambling activity will result in more severe discipline, the commissioner said.

"Mr. Dykstra fully cooperated with representatives of the commissioner's office," Vincent said in a statement released by his office. "He exhibited remorse and acknowledged that he had injured baseball and damaged his own reputation. He gave me his full assurance he would not engage in such conduct again."

Dykstra, 28, declined to discuss the matter before and after the Phillies exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla.

"It's over with," he said before leaving the clubhouse.

Dykstra received a letter from the commissioner's office outlining the probation and yesterday signed an agreement accepting the penalty. He could have filed a grievance, forcing the matter before arbitrator George Nicolau.

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