Hall of Fame pitcher Ryan admitted to hospital

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Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan watches Roger Clemens pitch to Houston Astros minor leaguers at the Astros' spring training camp in Kissimmee, Florida March 2, 2006. Ryan was admitted to hospital in Texas on Friday for recurring symptoms of a pre-existing medical problem, the minor league team he owns said in a statement. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan watches Roger Clemens pitch to Houston Astros minor leaguers at the Astros' spring training camp in Kissimmee, Florida March 2, 2006. Ryan was admitted to hospital in Texas on Friday for recurring symptoms of a pre-existing medical problem, the minor league team he owns said in a statement.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was admitted to hospital in Texas on Friday for recurring symptoms of a pre-existing medical problem, the minor league team he owns said in a statement.

The 59-year-old all-time strikeout leader was examined at St David's Round Rock (Texas) Medical Center and was scheduled to be transferred to a Houston hospital for more evaluations, the Round Rock Express Baseball Club said.

"All initial evaluations were normal and Ryan is in stable condition," the statement added.

"This is something I've lived with for the last seven years," the statement quoted Ryan as saying, adding that he was looking forward to attending his pitching camp in Houston on Monday.

"He's had to live with it (the condition) since back in 2000 when he had to have (heart) surgery," the former pitcher's son, Reid Ryan, told The Houston Chronicle,

"He's doing great," he added.

"He's smart enough that when he's not feeling 100 percent he goes to the doctor and makes sure everything is OK."

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