Reds manager Dusty Baker: 'I haven't felt this good in a long time'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Reds manager Dusty Baker is scheduled to rejoin the team on Monday. (US Presswire)

Reds manager Dusty Baker said he'll be ready to manage on Monday in St. Louis against the Cardinals after suffering a mini-stroke last week in Chicago.

Speaking to Hal McCoy of, Baker said he feels fine and will be ready to join the team next week and manage in the playoffs.

"I'm OK. I'm fine," Baker told McCoy. "I haven't felt this good in a long time. I can't remember the last time I felt this good."

Baker said he had dealt with an irregular heartbeat before. He was hospitalized with the irregular heartbeat on Sept. 19. Baker then suffered the mini-stroke as he was being released two days later, which kept him in the hospital for two more days.

"Do you know I'm the luckiest man on earth to be in the hospital when that happened?" Baker told McCoy. "Maybe not lucky, but blessed."

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