Sunday, July 28, 2013

McCatty in hospital with high BP, heart rate

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Steve McCatty will spend the night in a District hospital after missing today's Nationals game with high blood pressure and an irregular heart beat, but the club's pitching coach is expected to fly Monday on the team's charter to Detroit and be in the dugout for Tuesday night's series opener against the Tigers.

McCatty was at Nationals Park this morning but started experiencing his symptoms more than an hour before gametime, according to manager Davey Johnson. He was taken to a nearby hospital, though not by ambulance, for examination by doctors.

Following the Nationals' 14-1 win over the Mets, Johnson said McCatty, 59, was doing "alright" and is "his usual grumpy self" but would be kept overnight for observation and to receive medication before he could travel. McCatty, a Michigan native, had been planning to fly to Detroit a day early but now will fly with the rest of the club on Monday afternoon.

"They'll give him some medication, thin his blood, and something to slow his heart rate down," Johnson said. "Hopefully he'll come out of the irregular beat. ...

"I've had that," Johnson added. "It'll make you awful tired. So hopefully he'll be all right."

With McCatty not at the ballpark today, Johnson handled all visits to the pitching mound. Not that he needed to make many with his team cruising to a lopsided win that included a third-inning grand slam by Wilson Ramos.

"Hopefully he was watching the game," Johnson said. "I was hoping that grand slam would shock him right out of that atrial fibrillation."

21 comments:

Laddie Blah Blah said...

Get well, coach.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Here's to a speedy recovery, McCatty!

NCNatsie said...

Yes indeed, Laddie. It's got to make him feel good to win 3 in a row when we're down at the bottom of the rotation.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They can get that under control.

Nats 128 said...

Get well soon Cat! Your new guy did great!

JD said...


Don't let this job kill you Cat! get well soon.

JD said...


Optimism not withstanding I still think we are in very dire straits. I know Rizzo can't throw in the towel but he shouldn't approach the trade deadline as if we are 1 player away from the WS. Give no prospects away Mike.

On the flip side I wouldn't mind a bit if we traded ALR and Soriano for almost anything if we can somehow re deploy that money on JZim and Desi. At the same time I would really like to see Tyler Moore get a real shot with his name in the lineup every day for 50 games and playing 1st base. Sometimes the best solutions are the easy ones.

ptindc said...

Get well soon Cat

ptindc said...

Get well soon Cat

baseballswami said...

Stressful week.

SonnyG10 said...

Get well Cat and lay off the french fries.

SCNatsFan said...

Sounds like a fib. Get well soon coach.

Candide said...

Get well quick, Cat; Cunegonde has an odd crush on you...

JaneB said...

Mend well and fast, coach.

natsfan1a said...

Feel better, coach. (And beware of visitors sneaking up on you and seeking "candid" shots for the next McCatty t-shirt. ;-))

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

The hospital gown shot for the back of the tee shirt, 1a?

natsfan1a said...

Good call, sec3.

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Sigh. Browser hung up. I refreshed. Duplicate comments resulted. 1a regrets *the* error.

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