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Pitching coach Steve McCatty rejoins Nationals after hospitalization

Aug 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty returned to work yesterday after being hospitalized for three nights and missing a total of six days with an irregular heartbeat.

McCatty was taken to the hospital on July 28 after complaining of symptoms, but as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports he’s apparently feeling good enough now that everyone is comfortable cracking jokes:

McCatty half-jokingly threatened to hit a reporter with a bat for writing erroneously that he had suffered high blood pressure. … “He looks good,” manager Davey Johnson said. β€œHe’s his old irritable self.”

As a curmudgeon myself I’m amused that one newspaper described him as “working his way though the clubhouse in his curmudgeonly ribald manner” and another newspaper described him as “his usual affable but curmudgeonly self.” He’s been the Nationals’ pitching coach since mid-2009.

  1. natslady - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Welcome back, Cat. Now, get on Strasburg’s case about the stolen bases and Clippard’s case about getting too predictable with his change-up.

  2. cdeangelus - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    When I was growing up, I spent my summers in California with my dad. Steve McCatty was our neighbor, and a real great guy. This was a couple years after he retired, and he was nothing but nice to me. He knew I was a Yankees fan, and got my Dave Righetti’s autograph (who had since moved on the the SF Giants.)

    Nothing but good thoughts for this guy.

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