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Frank Robinson: 'I feel fine'

January 13, 2011 |  2:41 pm

Frank Robinson returned to the baseball owners' meetings Thursday afternoon after a few hours at a nearby hospital.

"I feel fine," he said, smiling broadly.

Robinson, 75, a Hall of Fame outfielder who now works as a senior vice president for Major League Baseball, was in a meeting Thursday morning when he said he experienced episodes of a rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath.

"I kept hoping it would stop," he said. "It wasn't to the point where I couldn't breathe. I wasn't close to passing out."

He said he waited 30 minutes, but his heart kept racing, and he decided he needed medical attention. Paramedics were summoned and an ambulance took him to the hospital. He said doctors determined he had a heart rate of 190 and said he was "a little dry, not dehydrated." He also said doctors ruled out blood clots as well as a blockage in his heart.

Robinson lives in Los Angeles and was scheduled to fly home Thursday night. He said he would follow up with his personal physician.

-- Bill Shaikin in Scottsdale, Ariz.