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McCatty to rejoin club Monday

Jul 31, 2013, 3:49 PM EST

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT — Pitching coach Steve McCatty has been cleared to be released from the hospital and plans to rejoin the Nationals on Monday for the start of their next homestand.

McCatty, 59, has been in a D.C. hospital since Sunday, when he experienced high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. He was hoping to be released and travel to Detroit, his hometown, for this week’s series with the Tigers but wasn’t cleared by doctors yet.

McCatty still hasn’t been cleared to travel, so he’ll miss this weekend’s series in Milwaukee, reassuming his position on Monday when the Nationals return home to face the first-place Braves.

Davey Johnson has been handling pitching coach duties in McCatty’s absence since Sunday, but the Nationals manager said the organization plans to bring in a temporary replacement for the weekend series in Milwaukee. The two likely options: Class AAA pitching coach Greg Booker and minor-league pitching coordinator Spin Williams.

  1. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    He's 59? Gracious, that's an unflattering picture. Get well, coach.

  2. Ivan Tuski - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Well let's score some freakin' runs so we take some of the stress out of this man's job. It's not easy knowing that if your staff gives up more than one run they may take the loss

  3. SCNatsFan - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Get well McC

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    McCatty would feel a lot better if we took pressure off the pitchers.

  5. Doc - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Get well Cat!We need your grumpy self back in the dugout!

  6. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    He does look like Grumpy Cat, doesn't he?

  7. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Williams would be my choice.

  8. natsfan1a - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Feel better, coach.





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