The Reds wrap up a series with the Chicago Cubs Thursday, then go home to host the wild-card contending Los Angeles Dodgers for a weekend series. It remains to be seen if Baker will manage on Friday, but Chris Speier, who is managing the Reds in Baker's absence, says he wouldn't be surprised if Baker is back in the dugout that night.
"That would be a situation that I’m sure, knowing Dusty, yes he will... But then it’ll be doctor’s orders as to what he’s specifically and probably allowed to do or not to do. This is so premature, I don’t have an answer to that. But if it was Dusty’s decision and he’s OK to go back to Cincinnati, I’m sure he’d want to be managing again (Friday)."