Sports
5:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Reds Manager suffered mini-stroke, full recovery expected

The Reds released a statement today saying as Manager Dusty Baker was being discharged from a Chicago hospital on Friday he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital's stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.

Dusty returned to Cincinnati Sunday, and the release says his condition has improved dramatically. His Cincinnati neurologist, Dr. Joseph Broderick, and cardiologists, Dr. Dean Kereiakes and Dr. Daniel Beyerbach, 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.

Here's Baker's statement about the incident.  "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 by 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.”

Baker was originally taken to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat on Wednesday.