Dave Martinez home from hospital, to rejoin Nats once cleared for travel

Chris Lingebach
September 17, 2019 - 6:29 pm

Nationals manager Dave Martinez is home from the hospital and will rejoin the club once he's cleared for travel, GM Mike Rizzo told reporters Tuesday.

Martinez, who left Washington's win over the Braves Sunday in the sixth inning, checked into a local hospital after experiencing chest pains.

On Monday, he underwent a "cardiac catheterization," a procedure aimed at treating cardiovascular conditions. Martinez was said to be "upbeat" after the procedure, but remained in Washington to undergo further testing while the club traveled to St. Louis.

Now Rizzo tells reporters, according to The Washington Post, that Martinez has returned from the hospital and the procedure did not reveal a need for additional procedures at this time.

Martinez must be cleared to travel, and although there's no telling when that may be, Rizzo has confirmed Nationals bench coach Chip Hale will continue to manage the club through the end of the series in St. Louis.

The Nationals are on the road again after their series wraps in St. Louis. The club heads to Miami for a three-game series against the Marlins that begins Friday.

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