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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Nolan Ryan released from hospital; Rangers announce ballpark safety measure and make trade in his absence

Nolan Ryan has been released from a Houston area hospital one day after the Texas Rangers CEO and president checked himself in with heart pain. The team released a statement that said he was “expected to rest at home for the next several days before resuming his duties with the Rangers.”
Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan returned home after spending the night in a Houston hospital due to heart pain. (LM Otero - AP)

It would appear that the Rangers are staying active while Ryan recuperates. The team traded for utility man Nick Green from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday afternoon. Green hasn’t played in the majors this year but socked 10 home runs for Triple-A Norfolk in the International League (albeit with a .208 batting average). Nonetheless it’s doubtful that Green will be used as anything more than organizational depth with the defending American League champion Rangers in the midst of another strong year and currently riding an 11-game winning streak.

The Rangers have made other off the field announcements as well. They plan the raise the bar(s) — literally — for the railings in front of their stadium’s seats. The team stress in their announcement that the railing’s height was already above code, but they are clearly moving to act in the wake of the tragic, fatal fall of fan Shannon Stone at a game before the All-Star break.

By Justin Bank  |  05:12 PM ET, 07/19/2011

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