DETROIT — The Washington Nationals got a bit of good news on Wednesday morning as pitching coach Steve McCatty was set to be released from a D.C. hospital after spending three nights there with atrial fibrillation.
McCatty, 59, is not expected to join the Nationals in Milwaukee this weekend, rather he will remain in D.C. and rejoin the club when they return home for Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.
He was driven to the hospital before Sunday’s game against the New York Mets with high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, but was doing OK after the game. The Nationals were initially optimistic that McCatty would be able to join the team on their flight to Detroit on Monday afternoon but he was required to stay in the hospital for a few more days.
“They’re just being real careful with him,” manager Davey Johnson said of McCatty on Tuesday. “And I’m glad they’re doing it.”
To this point, Johnson and bullpen coach Jim Lett had been splitting up the pitching coach duties. But Johnson said Wednesday he expects the Nationals will have either Triple-A pitching coach Greg Booker or minor league pitching coordinator Spin Williams join the team for the weekend in Milwaukee.