Wells discharged early heart tests appear normal

March 13, 1996|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,SUN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles pitcher David Wells was released from North Ridge Medical Center yesterday afternoon, after preliminary tests revealed no abnormalities in his heart. Wells was admitted for tests Monday after experiencing an accelerated heart rate.

Assuming further examination of his test results don't show any problems, Wells is expected to resume his workout schedule later this week, and he tentatively is scheduled to pitch in the Orioles' exhibition Saturday against Atlanta.

Orioles spokesman John Maroon said: "I spoke with [Wells] this morning, and he seemed fine. Today or tomorrow he'll have some stress tests, and he should be able to resume [workouts] Friday if everything is fine."

Orioles manager Davey Johnson visited Wells on Monday night, after the pitcher was subjected to a series of tests. "He felt like a mule kicked him," Johnson said.

Wells felt his heart begin to beat faster Sunday night, but did not seek medical attention immediately. The next morning, he complained about his heart rate to Orioles trainers, who quickly scheduled the tests.

Wells was playing cards and joking with teammates Monday morning before going to the hospital. Doctors say the accelerated heart rate may have been caused by a new allergy medicine or caffeine. Wells passed his physical in February, without any signs of heart trouble.

Wells, 32, is expected to be the No. 2 starter in the Orioles rotation, behind Mike Mussina.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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