Ryan not on last legs, he says

April 11, 1992

Nolan Ryan, on the 15-day disabled list because of ailing legs, said yesterday that he was getting better and doesn't think the injuries indicate the end of his career is near.

Ryan, in his 26th major-league season, is on the disabled list for the fourth time since 1990.

"I think the people's attitude is because of my age, any time something happens, I think people look for that to be the injury that finishes me off," Ryan said. "And I look at it from the standpoint that it's more of a nagging, nuisance-type thing."

Ryan was examined Wednesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, an orthopedic specialist in Inglewood, Calif., who told him to go home and work out in a swimming pool.

* METS: The club has intensified its interest in Angels shortstop Dick Schofield, believing Kevin Elster's shoulder problems will keep him from playing every day.

Two American League general managers said this week they knew the Mets were eager to acquire Schofield. It is not clear what the Angels would want in return -- their original request for pitcher Pete Schourek was rejected -- but they might settle for a pitching prospect.

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