Dusty Baker, manager of the N.L. Central-winning Cincinnati Reds, apparently suffered what is being called a ‘mini-stroke’ in addition to the irregular heartbeat that has sidelined him for a week now.
As the Reds announced in an official statement earlier today:
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.
Hopefully, Dusty recovers in time to help coach the Reds as they prepare for whomever they’ll match up with in the NLDS. But of course, his health is more important than anything on the field.
Best wishes on your recovery, Dusty!