Dusty Baker did not manage the Reds during their 5-4 extra-inning win over the Cubs Wednesday night. Instead the 63-year old was taken and kept overnight at a Chicago-area hospital. Tests have ruled out pneumonia, but Baker has been diagnosed with an irregular heart beat. More tests are slated to be run today (Thursday).
Cincinnati's skipper will not manage the team in their series finale on Thursday. Bench coach Chris Speier will handle the duties for the second straight game in his absence.
“Basically, he had a heavily feeling,” Reds trainer Paul Lessard said. “He wasn’t breathing well. We decided to look into it further. He has a history of an irregular heart beat for a while. It doesn’t really bother him. He was kind of pooh-poohing it.”
Baker is planning on rejoining the club back home in Cincinnati on Friday when they begin a 3-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have a really good chance at clinching the division this weekend as their magic number currently sits at three entering play on Thursday.