Dusty Baker suffered a minor stroke just as he was being discharged from Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago last Friday, according to a statement by the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds Manager was immediately treated by the hospital’s stroke team to minimize the effects of the stroke, reports USA Today.
The Reds noted that Baker was able to return to Cincinnati on Sunday after his condition dramatically improved. Dusty Baker is expected to make a full recovery from the small stroke and return to the dugout, hopefully as soon as the season’s last series in St. Louis. The Reds press release stated:
“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 ministroke and immediately was treated by the hospital’s stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.”
ESPN notes that players who have seen Baker say he was upbeat and visibly thinner. Bench coach Chris Speier has been filling in for Baker while he recovers. As for Baker, he said in a statement on Tuesday that:
“I’m feeling much better, and it’s great being back here in Cincinnati. Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout.”
Baker has been suffering from an irregular heartbeat for some time and felt sick while the team was in Chicago last Wednesday.