The Washington Times - July 30, 2013, 06:17PM

DETROIT — Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty remained in a D.C. hospital on Tuesday due to an irregular heartbeat, but he is doing OK and could be discharged on Wednesday. McCatty would likely not rejoin the Nationals until this weekend in Milwaukee at the earliest.

“Cat’s doing all right,” said manager Davey Johnson, who ended his pre-game media session by waving into the camera and saying “Hi Cat.”


“They’re just keeping him in the hospital tonight and then they’ll probably get him out tomorrow,” Johnson said. “But they’re just being real careful with him and I’m glad they’re doing it.”

McCatty, 59, was taken to the hospital with high blood pressure and the atrial fibrillation before Sunday’s game against the New York Mets.

Johnson said the pitching coach had been doing some walking before the game when he began to feel the effects of the issue. He was driven to the hospital, not taken by ambulance. 

Several players expressed their concern for McCatty, a Detroit native, on Tuesday.

Johnson will serve as the Nationals’ de facto pitching coach in McCatty’s absence, as he did in Sunday’s game.