Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle has been undergoing treatment since Sunday for a stomach ailment, his son said Wednesday.
Mantle was resting at Baylor University Medical Center in Waco, Texas, hospital officials said. His son, David Mantle, told the Dallas Morning News that the former New York Yankees slugger was expected to return home today.
Mantle, 63, needed treatment for “a little stomach disorder,” lawyer Roy True, Mantle’s business manager, said.
David Mantle said doctors decided his father should be hospitalized because he had been suffering nagging stomach pains. Mantle hadn’t had a physical in several years.
“He’s doing a lot better,” David Mantle said. “I guess it was just one of those things, like a virus.”
Mantle, who joked during his career that he would’ve taken better care of himself if he knew he was going to live this long, has had a variety of health problems in recent years, plus a highly publicized bout with alcoholism.
The Yankees’ grooming code, relaxed earlier this season when manager Buck Showalter permitted players to grow facial hair other than a mustache, is to be stiffened again.
Showalter informed players that goatees must be shaved off before the next game, Friday at home against California.
A team official said the manager was instructed by principal owner George Steinbrenner to get across the message.
Orioles 5, Angels 3
Ben McDonald (1-2), who set a Baltimore record last year by winning his first seven starts, needed seven starts this season for his first, a victory over California.
Red Sox 6, Athletics 5
Reggie Jefferson and John Valentin homered to pace a 14-hit attack, and former Mariner Eric Hanson (5-0) rolled along as Boston completed a three-game sweep over Oakland.
Indians 6, White Sox 3
Orel Hershiser (4-1) pitched 7 2/3 innings and retired 13 batters on ground balls as Cleveland beat Chicago.
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3
Shawn Green hit a two-run homer during a three-run rally with two outs in the eighth as Toronto beat Detroit.
Rangers 4, Royals 2
Kansas City, Mo.
Ivan Rodriguez, whose two ninth-inning errors led to a loss the night before, hit a bases-loaded double with two out in the eighth for Texas that ended Kansas City’s six-game winning streak.
Brewers 8, Twins 1
In his first at-bat since getting struck in the helmet with a Scott Erickson fastball Monday night, Kevin Seitzer doubled home a run in the first, then went 3 for 4 as Milwaukee beat Minnesota.
Clearing the bases
Tuffy Rhodes is 0 for 18 since joining Boston off waivers from the Chicago Cubs… . Albert Belle became the ninth Cleveland player to hit 150 career homers. Only Rocky Colavito reached the level faster… . Minnesota outfielder Alex Cole is expected to miss the rest of the year with a dislocated ankle and broken fibula sustained while chasing down a ball Tuesday.
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