Nolan Ryan Hospitalized With Chest Pains

Strikeout king Nolan Ryan is back in the hospital after suffering chest pains on a recent business trip.

Ryan, who underwent double-coronary bypass surgery earlier this year, was admitted to St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital on Monday. Doctors determined he did not suffer a heart attack and were giving him further diagnostic tests, hospital spokeswoman Sandra Warner told the Houston Chronicle in today’s editions.

“He is doing fine. He is resting,” hospital supervisor Consuelo DeCarlos told The Associated Press today.

Warner said the 53-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher was resting comfortably and was looking forward to watching the World Series with his family.

Doctors at St. Luke’s anticipated he would be discharged in a few days, Warner said.

Chest Pains Last April

Ryan, who has his 5,714 career strikeouts and seven no-hitters, underwent emergency heart surgery on April 23 at the Heart Hospital of Austin. Tests then showed he had substantial blockage in a main coronary artery, but did not have a heart attack at that time either.

After the April surgery, Ryan had planned to cut back on travel and personal appearances but make few changes in business ventures including a bank, a ranch and a minor league team in which he is part-owner.

Ryan, before the April surgery, was taking a morning walk in Round Rock when he began to experience chest pains and shortness of breath. He was in the Austin suburb for a Class AA baseball game between the Round Rock Express, which he co-owns, and the Midland Rockhounds.

Physicians who treated Ryan in April said they expected him to make a complete recovery, but noted he would have been in danger of a life-threatening heart attack if he had not immediately addressed his symptoms.

Ryan, a resident of Alvin, pitched 27 years in the major leagues, including nine seasons with the Astros (1980-88) and six with the Texas Rangers (1989-94).

Ryan was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year after winning 324 games.