Rangers president Ryan in hospital

Tests on Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan show no new heart problems for the Hall of Fame pitcher, who is hospitalized in Houston.

The Rangers said in a statement Monday the 64-year-old Ryan “continues to improve” after undergoing a series of precautionary tests. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two.

The Rangers said Ryan has a pre-existing heart condition that will continue being treated with medication. He had a double-bypass operation in 2000 and has a family history of heart disease. He sought treatment after experiencing discomfort Sunday while at his home.

Ryan has more no-hitters (seven) and strikeouts (5,714) than any major leaguer in history. He’s been running the Rangers since 2008 and became part-owner last summer.


The Cleveland Indians placed center fielder Grady Sizemore back on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right knee.

It’s the third stint on the DL this season for the graduate of Everett’s Cascade High School, and the sixth of his career. Sizemore was sent back to Cleveland to have tests done on his knee before making any estimates about how much time he will miss.

“The way he plays and the way he goes about his business, he goes hard after it,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “You’ve got to respect that.

“He’s not going to be taking it easy just to get healthy.”

The bruise on his kneecap has bothered Sizemore for much of the season.

He initially hurt it on May 11 when he made a hard slide into second base, but it is not the same knee that kept him out for most of last season with microfracture surgery.


President Barack Obama will open the White House to the San Francisco Giants on Monday in honor of their first World Series title since the franchise moved West in 1958. … Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, on the disabled list since July 3 with a strained left hamstring, played six innings in a rehab game for Single-A Brooklyn and likely will be activated today. … Shortstop J.J. Hardy and the Orioles agreed on a three-year contract worth a guaranteed $22.25 million. … Boston designated hitter David Ortiz and Baltimore closer Kevin Gregg began three-day suspensions – reduced from four games following an appeal – after nearly getting into a fight July 8. … The Red Sox activated left fielder Carl Crawford (strained hamstring) off the 15-day disabled list. … Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena had an appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. … The Orioles placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on the restricted list. Simon left for the Dominican Republic on Sunday to attend a hearing related to a shooting death that occurred on New Year’s Day. Simon is a potential suspect. … Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward was scratched from his start at Colorado because of a bruised left foot.