VERO BEACH, Fla. — When asked about his celebrated patient, who had just been cleared of heart trouble, Dodger internist Dr. Michael Mellman could not help himself.
"This," he said, pointing to a smiling Kal Daniels Saturday morning, "is an excellent physical specimen."
Officals confirmed earlier reports that Friday's tests in a Atlanta clinic showed no problems with his heart. The outfielder, weary from driving all night to camp from his home in Warner Robins, Ga., will participate in his first workout today after a promise that he will be ready to play left field opening day.
"I'll be ready--everyone has to be ready regardless, don't they?" Daniels asked. "I'm relieved and happy that they didn't find anything wrong, and now I can go out and do the one thing I love the most--play ball."
Officials confirmed tests showed he had an overdeveloped heart, and said that is normal in well-conditioned athletes. Daniels will require neither medication nor monitoring.