Reds' Dusty Baker hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Reds manager Dusty Baker managed his 3,000th career game on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the Reds' Dusty Baker managed his 3,000th game in the big leagues, but he missed game No. 3,001 on Wednesday after he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. Bench coach Chris Speier managed the Reds' 6-5 11-inning victory over the Cubs.

Baker complained of a heavy chest before the game and he was sent to a hospital to have X-rays. At first the team thought it may be pneumonia, but that was ruled out at the hospital, team trainer Paul Lessard told Fox Sports Ohio. Lessard said Baker did not have a heart attack.

"The good thing is it's not pneumonia, the bad thing is he has an irregular heartbeat," Lessard said.

Lessard added that Baker has a history of an irregular heartbeat and would stay overnight in order to have more tests on Thursday morning. According to a release from the team, Baker said he was feeling fine and expects to rejoin the team Friday when the Reds return home to face the Dodgers.

"They're doing their due dilligence, just running some tests," Speier told reporters after the game."

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