MLB notes: Reds' Baker recovering from 'mini-stroke'
By QMI Agency
|Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker watches his team play against the Washington Nationals during their MLB National League baseball game in Washington, April 12, 2012. (REUTERS)
Dusty Baker revealed Tuesday he had suffered a mini-stroke last week but he was optimistic of resuming his duties as Cincinnati Reds manager next week for the final series of the season in St. Louis.
Baker was admitted to a Chicago hospital last Wednesday and diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation.
Baker, 63, had a mini-stroke while being discharged Friday, but said prompt treatment by hospital staff minimized the effects.
He returned Sunday to Cincinnati and his condition has improved dramatically, according to team doctors. Baker is expected to make a full recovery.
"I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here in Cincinnati," Baker said. "(Interim manager) Chris Speier and my staff are doing a terrific job, and I look forward to getting back to the dugout."
HERE'S WHAT BELL MEANT ...
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Heath Bell gave Ozzie Guillen a backhanded compliment Tuesday as went back on radio to do some damage control regarding comments he made the previous day about his manager.
"I don't think Ozzie's the reason we really stunk this year," Bell said on MLB Network Radio.
"I was never criticizing Ozzie ... I was choosing my words kind of right. Apparently I didn't get it too right, but the thing is I respect Ozzie as a manager."
On Monday Bell said: "It's hard to respect a guy (who) doesn't tell you the truth or doesn't tell you face-to-face."
So to clarify -- and he may be splitting hairs -- Bell says it's hard to respect Guillen but, yet, he does respect him.
"Apparently I just have to keep my mouth shut," said Bell, who was replaced as Marlins closer early in the season.
"Next year I'm not going to talk to anybody for the simple fact it's not doing me any good. I had to get off Twitter, I had to get my whole family off Twitter and Facebook because everybody, even my 14-year-old daughter, my oldest daughter was hearing things and people were writing things and saying things that weren't true. And it was just hitting me personally."
Guillen went on radio later Tuesday and was asked whether he respected Bell.
"As a player, yes." Guillen said. " As a guy, I don't know."
Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish was scratched from his start Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics because of a stiff neck. Rangers manager Ron Washington said it wasn't serious. The right-hander has a 16-9 record with a 3.90 earned-run average in 28 starts this season ... The Philadelphia Phillies will decide Wednesday whether right-hander Roy Halladay will pitch again this season. Halladay has been battling soreness in the back of his pitching shoulder. He has a 10-8 record with a 4.40 ERA this season in 24 starts.