Nolan Ryan expected to leave hospital, son says

Updated: January 27, 2007, 4:58 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was expected to leave the hospital Saturday after medical tests for an undisclosed ailment came back normal, his son said.

The 59-year-old strikeout king was admitted Friday in Round Rock for treatment of recurring symptoms of a pre-existing medical condition. He was transferred to Houston for further evaluation, but Reid Ryan said his father was "feeling great."

"All his tests have come out great," Reid Ryan said. "There's nothing to keep him at the hospital."

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

Ryan is still expected to participate in next week's Nolan Ryan Elite Pitching Camp, his son said. The camp starts Monday in Houston.

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.

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