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Dusty Baker remains hospitalized for irregular heartbeat

September 20, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker, who played for the Dodgers from 1976 to 1983, during a game earlier this season.
Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker, who played for the Dodgers from 1976… (Lynne Sladky / Associated…)

Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker was having more tests done Thursday after being hospitalized because of an irregular heartbeat before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Acting manager Chris Speier said he hadn't talked to Baker on Thursday because he was having the test. He did talk to him Wednesday night and said he sounded good.

“I worry about Dusty and everybody in that clubhouse was really worried last night,” Speier said. “You don't just go to the hospital for a cold or anything like that. And I still feel that way."

The Reds begin a three-game series with the Dodgers on Friday.

Baker left Wrigley Field more than two hours before Wednesday night's game, and it was initially announced he would have chest X-rays to “rule out pneumonia.”

The 63-year-old Baker managed his 3,000th career game Tuesday night.

 
“I think everybody at this time of year, everybody is a little beat up, everybody is a little tired,” Speier said. “He's done it for so long. He's a little bit used to it, but I was thinking about it last night: 'Wow, he's done this for 3,000 games.'"

Cubs Manager Dale Sveum also had well-wishes for Baker.

"Whatever health issues we all have, you never take your health for granted," Sveum said. "All our wishes and all our prayers and everything go out. Hopefully, everything's good with Dusty because he's a great guy and the rest of this year is going to be very important for him to be around and healthy."

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