The Cincinnati Reds have a chance to clinch a playoff berth Thursday, but they can hardly be blamed if their minds are elsewhere.
While manager Dusty Baker is expected to be released from the hospital, it's unlikely he will be with the Reds when they go for a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.
Baker was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat Wednesday night and was expected to stay overnight in a Chicago hospital.
He underwent chest X-rays to "rule out pneumonia" and is expected to speak with reporters when the Reds return to Cincinnati after this series.
Head trainer Paul Lessard said Baker was having trouble breathing and has a history of having an irregular heartbeat. He hopes to return Friday, when they open a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"He sounded good and they are just doing their due diligence, just running some tests," bench coach Chris Speier said. "He will be back shortly."
Cincinnati (90-59) tried to stay on task even without their manager Wednesday night, ...