Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker made an unexpected exit prior to the team's game on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to head to the hospital for chest x-rays to rule out pneumonia, but it appears all the news from medical tests have been positive and Baker could return to the field as early as Friday. The veteran skipper remained in the hospital on Wednesday night as a precautionary measure after registering an irregular heartbeat, but the Reds sent out an update on Wednesday night saying that Baker will likely rejoin the team on Friday for the series finale against the Cubs:
Dusty will remain in a Chicago hospital overnight for precautionary tests for an irregular heartbeat. He expects to rejoin the team Friday.— Reds (@Reds) September 20, 2012
Meanwhile, the Reds (90-59) have reduced their magic number to three games and are on the verge of clinching the NL Central division crown.