Reds' Baker to stay in hospital for monitoring

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm •  Published: September 20, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker underwent another test Thursday and will remain hospitalized at least one more day so doctors can monitor his progress after he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

If all goes well, Baker could return to Cincinnati on Friday, the team said.

General manager Walt Jocketty visited Baker in the hospital Thursday morning and reported that the veteran manager was feeling good.

Bench coach Chris Speier served as acting manager for a second straight game as the Reds went for a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, a victory that would clinch at least a wild card spot. Cincinnati's magic number for winning the NL Central is three.

"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."

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