MLB roundup: Reds' Baker had mini-stroke, may return Monday

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The Cincinnati Reds revealed on Tuesday that manager Dusty Baker suffered a mini-stroke last Friday, but he is expected to make a full recovery and might return to manage the series against St. Louis, which starts Monday.
Baker was admitted to a Chicago hospital last Wednesday and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, commonly known as an irregular heartbeat.
He was about to be discharged on Friday when he suffered a mini-stroke. He was immediately treated by the hospital's stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.
Baker, 63, returned to Cincinnati on Sunday and his condition has improved dramatically, the Reds said in a statement.
Chris Speier will continue to act as the Reds' manager until Baker returns.

--Miami Marlins relief pitcher Heath Bell believes comments he made on a radio program on Monday were misinterpreted as criticism of manager Ozzie Guillen, so he went back on the radio on Tuesday to try to clarify things.
"I was never criticizing Ozzie," Bell said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday. "I don't think that's what I was doing on the radio. I was choosing my words kind of right. Apparently I didn't get it too right, but the thing is I respect Ozzie as a manager. Sometimes it's hard to respect a guy when he doesn't tell you face to face and tells you in the media. And that's basically what I said. I never said I don't respect him as a manager or a person."

-- White Sox manager Robin Ventura will change his rotation a bit. Hector Santiago will start Wednesday night's series finale against the Indians, giving the other starters an extra day of rest. It sets up Jake Peavy for the series opener Thursday against the Rays and Chris Sale to pitch the regular-season home finale on Sunday.

--Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night, and Josh Collmenter will start in place of Skaggs.
"They're going to shut me down for the rest of the year," Skaggs said, according to "Body feels fine, arm feels fine, it's just a front-office decision. I wasn't happy about it, but it is what it is."

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