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Rangers' Irabu hospitalized with blood clots in lungs

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Texas closer was hospitalized Monday with small blood clots in his lungs. Irabu was taken to St. Luke's Hospital by assistant trainer Ray Ramirez about 4 a.m. EDT Monday after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. He will fly with the team back to Texas after Tuesday night's game. Initially, it was reported that Irabu was expected to be hospitalized for two to three days before returning to Texas. Irabu was given medication and blood thinners to dissolve the clots and was scheduled for additional tests to determine where the blood clots formed. "I saw him at 6 in the morning and he looked great and his spirits were good," manager Jerry Narron said. "I know he'll be on some type of blood thinner for a while. I don't know when he'll be able to pitch again. "It is serious. With the death of (Cardinals pitcher) , I don't think anybody is going to do anything but be sure he is healthy. Baseball is secondary." Irabu led the with 16 save and had a 3-8 record with a 5.74 ERA in 38 games. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday. Narron said he would "just try to mix and match" with the closer's role. In another roster move, the put outfielder back on the disabled list with lower back and hip pain and a sore elbow. Greer returned Monday to Dallas, where he is to be examined by Dr. Andrew Dossett. Greer was on the disabled list from June 4 to July 10 with back problems. He had only one at-bat upon returning and was scratched from the lineup Saturday with a bad back. The recalled pitchers and from Triple-A Oklahoma and started them in a doubleheader Monday against the Kansas City . Benoit was 7-3 with a 3.34 in 14 starts with Oklahoma, while Bell was 5-0 with a 3.75 ERA in 10 games with Oklahoma.
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