Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan has had a number of baseball-related injuries, but none has scared him as much as the chest pains that prompted an early-morning visit to an Arlington hospital Wednesday.
Ryan, 44, baseball's all-time strikeout king, said he thought he might be having a heart attack, so at 2 a.m. he drove himself to Arlington Memorial Hospital. The symptoms were a pain in the chest leading up to the left shoulder but, after a number of tests, the diagnosis was a strained muscle in his sternum.
"All I know is I was having a hard time sleeping," Ryan said. "No matter which way I turned, I couldn't get comfortable. I had never experienced a heart attack before, but I thought I was then. All I can tell you is that I was concerned enough to go over there."
Ryan said the problem was caused by bad mechanics during his five innings Tuesday night.
He went through his full weightlifting and aerobic workout Wednesday afternoon and still is scheduled to start Sunday.
* EXPANSION: The 26 major-league baseball owners are expected to vote today on whether to admit Denver and Miami into the National League as expansion teams.
* PADRES: Center fielder Bip Roberts had to leave Wednesday night's game after hurting himself while making a leaping catch against the fence in the first inning.
X-rays were negative. His status is day-to-day.
* BREWERS: Pitcher Teddy Higuera was scratched from yesterday's start because of tightness near his neck.