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Houston Astros Reliever Wesley Wright treated for dehydration, released

He had to be removed from a game last night against the Chicago Cubs. From AP-

Houston Astros reliever Wesley Wright was out of the hospital Wednesday after being treated the previous night for dehydration.

Wright had to take the mound in the second inning of Houston’s 11-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs after Astros ace Roy Oswalt hurt his lower back.

Oswalt on Wednesday returned to Houston, where he was to be examined by a back specialist.

One of baseball’s best pitchers this decade, Oswalt has had back problems before, including a stint on the disabled list in 2006 for a mid-back strain.

Wright allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings and got his first career hit before he had to be rushed to Northwestern Hospital. Team officials originally thought he might have had appendicitis because he had complained of discomfort in that area of his body.

The Astros said Wright was staying at the team hotel Wednesday but probably would be back with the club for Thursday’s series finale.

Athletes need to drink plenty of fluids while a game is being played and more so during summer time. I remember a member of the 1969 New York Mets, J.C. Martin, being taken to the hospital after a game was played on a July afternoon in Chicago. In that instance, team trainers worried may be having a heart attack. It proved to be heat exhaustion or dehydration like in Wright’s case.

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