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."