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Reds' Baker will keep banker's hours for now

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Manager Dusty Baker was back to work Wednesday, but he did not manage in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-1 loss to the Brewers.

Baker spent Wednesday afternoon in his office at Great American Ball Park. He is scheduled to join the team Monday in St. Louis for the final three games of the season and resume managing.

"That's the plan," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He's going to come for a few hours a day until then."

Baker suffered a mini-stroke Friday as he was being released from a Chicago-area hospital, where he was being treated for an irregular heartbeat. He returned to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Wednesday was the first day he's worked. Acting manager Chris Speier worked the game. They collaborated on the lineup.

"I wasn't sure what his plans were," Speier said. "So I had the lineup. I brought it in. He kind of tweaked it a little. He's very active, believe me. I respect that. I wasn't about to put the lineup up without checking with him first."

Baker met with some players individually behind closed doors.

"He's doing well," Jocketty said. "He's staying here for the Pittsburgh series. He should be ready to go in St. Louis."
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