The Cincinnati Reds have been without their manager, Dusty Baker, since last week. The toothepick chewing former Los Angeles Dodger went into the hospital when the Reds were in Chicago playing the Chicago Cubs with flu like symptoms. Turned out Baker was suffereing from heart irregularities and was hospitalized. Another setback came about last Saturday when Baker suffered a mini-stroke as he was being released from the hospital. Consequently, Baker was detained for a lengthier stay than expected. Now, finally, mlb rumors have it that Baker will get to return to his Reds when they make the trip to St. Louis to take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the final series of the season.
It was reported that Baker spent time in his office Monday afternoon doing a little work. According to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, Baker will ease back into the mangerial duties throughout the week. Jocketty was quoted on Monday saying, “That’s the plan. He’s going to come for a few hours a day until then.”
Until the trip to St. Louis comes around next week, bench coach Chris Speier will continue to be the acting manager. The Reds are still a half game out of gaining the number 1 seed for the playoffs. Speier has done a fine job with the team. That has led to further mlb rumors that he will be up for one or more of the manager positions that will be open during the off-season.
In the meantime between now and when Baker is scheduled to come back, Speier will manage the team during the game, but get input from Baker as to the line up and use of the bullpen. And hopefully, Baker will continue to mend.
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