Former Met Lenny Dykstra arrives at the Darryl Strawberry Golf...

Former Met Lenny Dykstra arrives at the Darryl Strawberry Golf Classic in Glen Head on June 26, 2023. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra remains hospitalized in Los Angeles but has progressed to the point that he left the intensive care unit, a team official said Friday.

Dykstra, 61, suffered a stroke this week.

"Thanks for all the love, PRAYERS and support in this tough time," Dykstra wrote on Twitter. "I really appreciate it. I feel like it’s giving me the strength I really need right now. This will be a long journey."

Despite the sudden and serious health issue, Dykstra has remained active on social media, issuing a series of lewd and vulgar posts — and attacking a former Mets teammate — as recently as Thursday.

In 1986, on the way to the Mets' most recent World Series championship, Dykstra was a breakout centerfielder. He played a dozen seasons in the majors overall, mostly for the Phillies, thrice being selected as an All-Star.

Since retiring in the late 1990s, Dykstra has had a series of legal, health and financial issues. He has gone to prison multiple times, including being sentenced to three years in 2012 for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.


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