After missing six games and spending three nights last week in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat, Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty returned to the team Monday night.
McCatty said he was feeling fine and was happy to be back, but he hardly had time to chat. He was back to his usual affable but curmudgeonly self. He chatted with manager Davey Johnson for a few minutes, and then made his way through the clubhouse.
As he walked past closer Rafael Soriano, relaxing in a chair in front of his locker, McCatty smacked his hand on a whiteboard that read the day’s schedule and said “What time is this 4:10 p.m. stretch?”
“He looks good,” Johnson said. “He’s his old irritable self. I sent him a text earlier wanting to know if he got his get out of jail card yet. It took a long time.”
Minor League pitching coordinator Spin Williams had served as the Nationals’ pitching coach in McCatty’s absence this past weekend in Milwaukee.