NEW YORK Mark Corey and Tony Tarasco of the Mets were smoking marijuana after the game late Wednesday night on their ride to Corey's hotel in Queens when Corey collapsed and had a seizure, two people familiar with the incident said Friday.
Tarasco, an outfielder who was called up by the Mets earlier this month, told paramedics who arrived at the hotel that Corey had been smoking marijuana because, he said, he thought it was important the paramedics knew.
Corey, a 27-year-old relief pitcher, was taken to the emergency room of New York Hospital Medical Center in Flushing and released early Friday. He said he was confident that the testing he completed Friday would not find anything medically wrong with him.
The Mets were awaiting results to determine the cause of the seizure.
One person with knowledge of the events said the police did not search Tarasco's car for drugs. Under baseball's drug policy, both players would have to undergo random testing, but would face no discipline because they would be first-time offenders.
Corey would not elaborate Friday on his admission Thursday to a Newsday reporter that he had smoked marijuana before the seizure, but he maintained that he believed it was a factor. "I'm just still open to it," Corey told a pool reporter Friday night at Yankee Stadium. "I'm waiting until I hear."
The Mets are restricted by confidentiality rules from discussing drug use by players. General Manager Steve Phillips declined to answer specific questions about Corey's admission, but said it was "not typical" for marijuana to cause a seizure. Phillips said that neither player faced suspension and that Corey would be eligible to join the Mets' roster when he came off the 15-day disabled list, if the Mets want him.
Tarasco would not comment to reporters on whether he thought he had been implicated by Corey's statements about smoking marijuana. "I'm just really concerned about that kid right now," Tarasco said.