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Dusty Baker out at least until final series of season as he recovers from mini-stroke

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Reds manager Dusty Baker is recovering from an irregular heartbeat and a minor stroke. (Getty Images)

On Sunday, Reds manager Dusty Baker returned home to Cincinnati after being hospitalized in Chicago for an irregular heartbeat and subsequent "mini-stroke." On Tuesday, the Reds released a statement saying Baker had "improved dramatically" and that his physicians "expect Dusty to make a full recovery and return to the dugout, possibly as soon as the season's final series next week in St. Louis."

Baker, whose Reds have already clinched the NL Central title and are in contention for the best record in baseball, also released a statement through the team:

"While at Wrigley Field I was blessed to have our trainer, Paul Lessard, have the good sense to call in Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams, who examined me in the clubhouse, immediately determined how serious my condition was and personally rushed me to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Broderick and Dr. Kereiakes are going to make sure I'm ready to handle the duties of managing before I return full time. My family and I are very grateful for the support we've received the past few days from Mr. Castellini and our ownership group, Walt, our friends, the baseball family and especially Reds fans. I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here in Cincinnati. Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout.”

In addition to a distinguished playing career, the 63-year-old Baker has guided three separate teams to the postseason, and he's one of just 20 managers ever to win at least 1,500 games.

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