Reds expect Baker back Monday
If everything goes as planned, Sunday will be bench coach Chris Speier’s final day as acting manager. Dusty Baker will be in St. Louis tonight and back on the bench managing on Monday for the final three-game series. Baker missed his 11th game Sunday as he’s been recovering from an irregular heartbeat, followed by a minor stroke.
“Dusty is doing well. He sends his best,” Speier said Sunday morning. “I think everybody has to understand I’m following suit here. It hasn’t been easy to take over something when the mainstay of this organization is going through what he went through. There’s a definite cloud over it because we’re worried about him. We’re really, really happy he will be in St. Louis tonight.”
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who is starting on Monday, was also pleased to know Baker would be healthy enough to return.
“It’s always nice to have the captain of the ship around,” Arroyo said. “Any way you cut it, if you’re missing a 25th man on the team, it’s much easier to not notice that than to miss your manager. He’s the guy that brings a lot to the table. He’s a head figure you want to be there to kind of represent the ball club.”