Nolan Ryan likely to be released from hospital

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A series of tests taken Monday showed no new heart problems for Nolan Ryan, and the Rangers CEO is likely to be released from a Houston-area hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains at his home Sunday.  The 64-year-old has a history of heart troubles.  He underwent a double bypass in 2000 and was hospitalized in 2007 after experiencing chest pain.

This latest incident will likely prevent Ryan from attending the Rangers’ series in Anaheim this week.  He had been scheduled to throw out a first pitch and take part in a ceremony honoring the late Gene Autry during the series.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.