Nolan Ryan back to work, says he feels fine

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ARLINGTON -- Nolan Ryan doesn't expect anything to change.

The Rangers president and CEO returned to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday, his first public appearance since being hospitalized with the recurrence of a heart condition.

Ryan was in good spirits, saying he felt fine and that precautionary tests produced positive results.

Asked if he would need to reduce his duties with the organization, Ryan said: "I don't plan on it."

Ryan does intend to watch his diet, as he has in the past. And he smiled when talking about his hot dog commercial, saying: "I didn't eat them, I cooked 'em."

Ryan, 64, experienced discomfort at his ranch in Georgetown on Sunday, and then went to a Houston-area hospital, where his cardiologist, James Willerson, practices. A series of precautionary tests were performed Monday and revealed no new complications.

"When I have an incident of that nature, I take nitroglycerin pills and it usually relieves it," Ryan said. "This time it didn't. My cardiologist was concerned about it, and that's why he wanted me to come in and run all the tests."

Ryan had a double-bypass operation in 2000 and has a family history of heart disease. He was hospitalized again in 2007 with an issue related to the condition.

"Nothing has changed in four years, so that's great," Ryan said. "A big plus."

Ryan said that stress and fatigue can be contributing factors for heart-related issues. Ryan oversees all aspects of the Rangers and is very hands-on in his role atop the organization.

He was also the face of the franchise after the death of Shannon Stone. The Brownwood firefighter died July 7 from injuries suffered after falling 20 feet from the left-field stands while trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton.

Ryan held two news conferences and was part of a Rangers contingent that attended Stone's funeral.

But Ryan couldn't pinpoint any specific reasons for this latest issue.

"I can't say I can correlate a certain thing to it," Ryan said.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

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