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Gooden said to be out all of '95 NATIONAL LEAGUE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

NEW YORK -- Despite talk to the contrary, Dwight Gooden will not be reinstated early from his season-long drug suspension, a person close to Major League Baseball's ruling executive council said Wednesday.

"He has no chance of coming back this year," the person said.

Gooden, who initially underwent drug rehabilitation in 1987, is serving his second suspension for violating his after-care program.

Since early this year, he has told people that he could gain early reinstatement if he remained drug-free, and his agents have been saying recently that he would apply for early reinstatement.

If he does apply, the decision would be up to Bud Selig, the acting commissioner, and the executive council, and the person familiar with their thinking said they believe Gooden "has done enough that he should be gone for a year."

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