Routine tests had found minor blockage

Updated: January 17, 2005, 8:39 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf underwent artery-clearing angioplasty Monday after routine tests found minor blockage, the White Sox said.

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Reinsdorf, 68, was expected to remain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a few days before being released, White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said.

"He's resting comfortably and has talked to his secretary," Reifert said, adding that the procedure went well.

Angioplasty uses a catheter and balloon to clear blocked coronary arteries.

Reifert said doctors performed the procedure on Reinsdorf hours after he had a regular checkup.

"He is pretty religious about his checkups," Reifert said. "He had a checkup (Monday) morning and they did it right there."

He plans to return to his home in Phoenix, Reifert said. The White Sox start spring training Feb. 16 in Tucson, Ariz.

Reinsdorf became owner of the White Sox in 1981. He has been chairman of the Bulls since 1985.


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