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Reds Manager Dusty Baker had a stroke, out at least another week

September 26, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Reds Manager Dusty Baker, who was hospitalized in Chicago last week, said he's "feeling much better," but he won't return to the dugout for at least another week.
Reds Manager Dusty Baker, who was hospitalized in Chicago last week, said… (Joe Robbins / Getty Images )

Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker had a mini-stroke last week and will need at least one more week of rest before he's able to rejoin the team.

"I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here in Cincinnati," Baker, 63, said in a statement. He returned to Cincinnati after being discharged from a Chicago hospital earlier in the week.

Chris Speier will remain interim manager of the Reds, who have already clinched a playoff spot, until Baker returns. Speier saw Baker when the manager visited the team on Tuesday.

"He's lost a lot of water weight," Speier said. "It was great to see him. Again, he looks really, really good. We're all anxious to get him back in charge."

Baker felt sick and had an irregular heartbeat a couple of hours before a game against the Cubs in Chicago last week.

"He had some slurred speech," pitcher Bronson Arroyo said, describing the symptoms Baker experienced. "The diagnosis was a slight stroke. The stroke team was right there and got after it. He said they see it all the time. They took care of it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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