Tests reveal no new heart complications for Ryan

07/18/2011 11:02 PM

07/19/2011 1:36 PM

Nolan Ryan is expected to be released from a Houston-area hospital either today or Wednesday after experiencing the recurrence of a heart condition Sunday morning.

The Texas Rangers' CEO, team president and minority owner felt discomfort at his ranch in Georgetown and was taken to Houston, where his cardiologist practices.

A series of precautionary tests were performed Monday and revealed no new complications. The condition will continue to be treated with medication.

Ryan, 64, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch in tonight's game between the Rangers and LA Angels as part of the Angels Hall of Fame ceremonies, but that appearance has been canceled.

The condition plaguing Ryan is believed to be hereditary. It was first discovered in 2000, after Ryan had a double-bypass operation to relieve an arterial blockage.

He was hospitalized again in 2007 with an issue related to the condition.

Stress can be a trigger for heart-related issues. Ryan oversees all aspects of the Rangers and is very hands-on in his role atop the Rangers organization.

He also was the face of the franchise following the death of Shannon Stone, the Brownwood firefighter who died July 7 from injuries suffered after falling 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 last week.

Surgery for Borbon

Julio Borbon, the Rangers' Opening Day center fielder the past two seasons, underwent surgery on his left ankle and won't resume baseball activities for six weeks.

Surgery was seen as a better option for the speedy Borbon, who was injured July 8 at Triple A Round Rock, because it would offer more support to the ankle ligaments.

Borbon suffered a similar injury during his final year at Tennessee in 2007.

Not all injury news was bad for the Rangers. Triple A right-hander Neil Ramirez has no structural damage in his shoulder. He won't throw for seven to 10 days but will concentrate on strengthening the shoulder.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

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