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More tests ordered as Baker misses Wrigley finale

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  • Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, who managed his 3,000 game Tuesday against the Cubs, is still in a Chicago hospital under observation for an irregular heartbeat. Team officials said Baker hopes to return to Cincinnati on Friday.

      Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, who managed his 3,000 game Tuesday against the Cubs, is still in a Chicago hospital under observation for an irregular heartbeat. Team officials said Baker hopes to return to Cincinnati on Friday.
    Associated Press

 
By Rick Gano
AP Sports Writer

Reds manager Dusty Baker, hospitalized after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, was undergoing another test Thursday and could return to Cincinnati on Friday.

Media representiatives with the Reds reported that general manager Walt Jocketty visited Baker in the hospital Thursday morning and said Baker is feeling good but that the doctors want to monitor his progress for one more day. Baker, according to the Reds spokesperson, expects to return to Cincinnati on Friday.

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The Reds, on the verge of wrapping up the NL Central, begin a series Friday against the Dodgers.

Acting manager Chris Speier, who ran the team for a second straight game as the Reds went for a sweep over the Cubs at Wrigley Field Thursday, talked to Baker Wednesday night and said he sounded good.

"I worry about Dusty and everybody in that clubhouse was really worried last night," Speier said. "You don't just go to the hospital for a cold or anything like that. And I still feel that way. ... My thoughts are more about Dusty than this game."

Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes more than two hours before Wednesday night's game, and it was initially announced he would have chest X-rays to "rule out pneumonia."

The 63-year-old Baker managed his 3,000th career game Tuesday night against Chicago. He has also managed the Cubs and Giants.

Speier said he saw no warning signs that Baker was not feeling well.

"I think everybody at this time of year, everybody is a little beat up, everybody is a little tired," Speier said. "He's done it for so long. He's a little bit used to it, but I was thinking about it last night: 'Wow, he's done this for 3,000 games.' "

The Reds had a magic number of three before the finale against the Cubs as they seek their second NL Central title in three years.

Cubs first-year manager Dale Sveum said the job is demanding.

"Whatever health issues we all have, you never take your health for granted," Sveum said. "All our wishes and all our prayers and everything go out. Hopefully, everything's good with Dusty because he's a great guy and the rest of this year is going to be very important for him to be around and healthy."

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