Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson Should Be Back Tonight

By James Williams
Brad Mills – USA Today Sports

The Washington Nationals‘ loss to the New York Mets on Friday night was enough to make any Nats fan ill, but the manager too?

Yes, Nationals skipper Davey Johnson left the game  in the fourth inning after feeling light-headed, which he attributed to dehydration. Johnson’s condition is not considered to be serious, and he expects to return to the dugout on Saturday without any issue.

After the game, Johnson talked to the press about leaving the game early:

“I’ll survive, I think that I was just a bit rundown do to the heat and humidity. But I will be fine, I just have to drink more water. Or after the way we played tonight maybe something stronger.”

Clearly, he has his sense of humor back and the weather in Washington can be quite oppressive  this time of year. Johnson, who gets to Nationals Park early on game days, felt dehydrated after his afternoon walk. He was by all accounts his usual self during his pregame briefing with reporters and during the Nationals’ batting practice.

In the early innings, though, Johnson began to feel dizziness. After trying to remain in the game, Johnson went back to the Nationals clubhouse. Bench coach Randy Knorr took over managerial duties.

At 71 years of age, Johnson is the oldest manager in the bigs so when he leaves a game, there is always cause for concern. However, all seems to be fine this time, and he will take his place on the top step of the dugout tonight as the Nationals and the Mets square off in game two of their three-game set at Nationals Park.

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award winning, producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and be part of his Google+ group.

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