Reds manager Dusty Baker hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker will remain in the hospital Thursday and undergo tests after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

According to the Associated Press, the Reds announced that Baker should return to the team on Friday, assuming there are no setbacks. General manager Walt Jocketty visited Baker on Thursday morning and said Baker was doing well.

“I worry about Dusty and everybody in that clubhouse was really worried last night,” bench coach Chris Speier said, according to the AP. “You don’t just go to the hospital for a cold or anything like that. And I still feel that way. … My thoughts are more about Dusty than this game.”

In Baker’s absence, Speier served as manager for the past two games. The Reds beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, and a win on Thursday against the Cubs would secure a spot in the MLB playoffs. Currently, the magic number to clinch the NL Central is three.

Baker, 63, managed his 3,000th career game on Tuesday, noted the AP. He has also managed the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

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