Reds Manager Dusty Baker hospitalized

Sept. 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker has been hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat after missing Wednesday's game, a 6-5 win against the Chicago Cubs.

Baker, who was admitted overnight after complaining of trouble breathing, is expected to miss the team's game Thursday, as well, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

"Basically, he had a heavy feeling," trainer Paul Lessard said. "He wasn't breathing well. We decided to look into it further. He has a history of an irregular heart beat. It doesn't really bother him. He was kind of pooh-poohing it."

He left the visiting locker room at Wrigley Field 2 1/2 hours before the game and went to a Chicago hospital. A chest X-ray ruled out pneumonia. He was admitted for more testing Thursday.

Lessard said Baker did not suffer a heart attack.

The Reds are a combination of three victories, or losses by the St. Louis Cardinals, away from clinching the National League Central Division title.

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