Dusty Baker may return Friday after suffering irregular heartbeat

Kimie Bunyasaranand
Thursday September 20th, 2012

dusty baker Reds skipper Dusty Baker may return to the team on Friday after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Reds manager Dusty Baker may return on Friday after suffering from an irregular heartbeat, according to a report from the team. Baker, 63, was admitted to a Chicago hospital two hours before Wednesday's game against the Cubs and underwent several tests.

"He's in doing another test. We should get results on that fairly shortly," [bench coach Chris] Speier said before Thursday's game. "It all looks good. I think the plan is to probably wait to see what the results of that test are."

Cubs manager Dale Sveum sent well-wishes Baker's way:

"All our prayers go out to [Baker], and I hope everything's good for Dusty. He's a great guy, and the rest of this year will be important for him to be around and healthy."
Baker had just reached a career milestone, managing his 3,000th career game on Tuesday. He ranks 19th on the alltime list and has a 1,574-1,426 (.525) record.

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