Davey Martinez left the Washington Nationals’ dugout during this past Sunday’s game with the Atlanta Braves in the nation’s capital, after experiencing chest pains.
According to the team, Martinez will be back with the team tonight when they start a three-game series in Miami’s Marlins Park.
Martinez was taken to a local hospital in D.C. for evaluation last Sunday, out of what the club said was abundance of caution, and on Monday the Nats’ 54-year-old, second-year manager underwent a cardiac catheterization, but was eventually sent home where he was resting up while waiting to be cleared to travel to rejoin the team on the road.
Martinez missed out on the three-game series in St. Louis, with bench coach Chip Hale handling managerial duties on the bench, though the manager was in contact with the team throughout the visit to Busch Stadium.
“I know Chip and Davey are in constant contact, not during the game, but leading up to the game,” GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning.
“Davey gives the lineup and they go over strategy how he thinks they should be used and Chip kind of takes that plan and administers it.”
“We’ve got a lot of experience on that staff,” Rizzo added. “We won’t miss a beat. We miss Davey’s presence and his energy and his enthusiasm, and the players really miss him, but until he gets back this team is under great care and great baseball people.”
As of Wednesday, Rizzo said, Martinez was at home resting up and waiting until he was told he could hop on a plane.
“I think he’s resting comfortably and doing well,” Rizzo explained.
“And he had that procedure to check his heart valves and that type of thing and hopefully when the doctors give him a clearance to travel he’ll be joining the team and the doctors tell me when he does join the team he’ll have no limitations and he should be fine.”
Martinez will be back on the bench tonight, for the first of three with the Fish in Miami, for a fairly important series for the Nationals, who are 13-3 against their NL East rivals this season, and looking to lock up one of the two NL Wild Card spots as the regular season schedule is winding down.
#Nationals: Manager Davey Martinez will return to the dugout for tonight’s game against the Marlins.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) September 20, 2019