Nolan Ryan Hospitalized


ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was hospitalized Friday and in good condition with an undisclosed ailment, his son said.

The 59-year-old strikeout king checked into Round Rock Medical Center for treatment of recurring symptoms from a pre-existing medical condition, Reid Ryan said.

Reid Ryan declined to specify the condition, but said it was discovered when his father had double-bypass heart surgery in 2000.

"This is something I've lived with for the last seven years," Nolan Ryan said in a statement.

His son said it was not an emergency.

"He takes medication for it," Reid Ryan said. "From time to time, he has episodes that require him to get checked out when he has pain or something. He's feeling good. This is more about taking precautions."

Ryan was to be transferred to a Houston hospital for further evaluation, said a spokesman for the Round Rock Express, one of the minor league teams the former pitcher owns.

Ryan struck out 5,714 and pitched seven no-hitters -both major league records - in 27 years with the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers.

He retired in 1993 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ryan is a majority owner of Triple-A Round Rock and the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, both affiliates of the Astros.