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The Reds' manager had an irregular heartbeat and was hospitalized in Chicago, but things got a bit worse before he was cleared to go back to Cincinnati.
Reds manager Dusty Baker had suffered an irregular heartbeat while his team was in Chicago last week, and originally was only supposed to miss a game or two.
He's been out since last Wednesday and now we know more details; he suffered what's being termed a "mini-stroke", according to this statement issued by Baker and the Reds:
While in Chicago on Wednesday, Reds manager Dusty Baker was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as an irregular heartbeat. As he was being discharged on Friday, he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital’s stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.
Dusty returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season’s final series next week in St. Louis.
Baker was quoted in the article as thanking the Reds' trainer, Paul Lessard, and Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams, for taking quick action in getting him to the hospital in Chicago.