Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson left Friday night’s game in the fourth inning when he was feeling lightheaded and dizzy during the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Johnson, who rested in the clubhouse for the remainder of the game, said the issue was not too serious and it is expected he will return to the dugout on Saturday without issue.
“I’ll survive,” he said as he walked out of the clubhouse.
The issue may have stemmed from dehydration that hit Johnson during his usual early-afternoon walk around the field. He appeared to be his usual affable self during his meeting with reporters and pre-game batting practice. But early in the game Johnson began exhibiting signs of the dehydration.
Bench coach Randy Knorr took over from there as Johnson tried to kick the symptoms.
“I think he’s just coming down with something,” Knorr said. “He got a little lightheaded, so he just went back upstairs. He’s fine, though. I think he might be catching a cold or something.
“He was trying to work through it, but he was feeling, like I said, lightheaded, so he came upstairs and relaxed.”