Nolan Ryan returns to Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nolan Ryan returned to work as CEO and president of the Texas Rangers on Friday, a few days after checking out of a hospital after complaining of chest pains. The 64-year-old said he feels good and does not plan on altering his workload.
Ryan experienced tightness in his chest while at his Georgetown home last weekend and checked into a Houston-area hospital Sunday. Tests did not reveal any new developments to a recurring heart condition, and doctors treated him with medication and sent him home Tuesday.
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"Everything is going fine," Ryan said. "I have been living with this condition since 2000."
Ryan said normally when he feels pain in his chest, he takes a nitroglycerin pill and it relieves the discomfort.
"This time it didn't, so my cardiologist was obviously concerned about that and that's why he wanted me to come in and run all the tests," Ryan said.
He said his last arteriogram was in 2007, and this one looked similar.
"Nothing had changed in four years, so that's a big plus," Ryan said.
Ryan said the condition can be caused by stress or fatigue. He was asked if recent events at the ballpark, including the passing of Shannon Stone on July 7, might have contributed to the chest pains.
"I can't say I correlate any certain thing to it," Ryan said.
Ryan said he's watched his diet since his surgery in 2000.
"I do it, but I'm not totally a fanatic about it," Ryan said "As a whole, I pretty much watch my diet."
The Hall of Famer, who played his final four-plus seasons with the Rangers -- throwing two no-hitters, earning his 300th win and recording his 5,000th strikeout -- joined the club as president just prior to spring training in 2008. He's overseen the club's success on the field and in the seats, where the Rangers have had some of the largest increases in attendance the past few years.
Ryan became part-owner of the club when Rangers Baseball Express, a group of investors that included Ryan, won an auction for the club last August in bankruptcy court. He added the CEO title when Chuck Greenberg resigned in March.
Ryan, who has several working cattle ranches in South Texas, is also a limited partner in Beefmaster Cattleman, LP, a branded beef company that markets Nolan Ryan Tender Aged Beef. That beef is served at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Ryan is principal owner of Ryan-Sanders baseball, which owns and operates the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, and Corpus Christi, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.