Pitching coach to rejoin Nationals on Monday

Pitching coach to rejoin Nationals on Monday
July 31, 2013, 11:45 am
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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.