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Blue Jays manager John Farrell has pneumonia

John Farrell

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell walks off the field after being ejected by home plate umpire Brian Knight in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Blue Jays manager John Farrell left last night’s game against the Royals with chest pains and discomfort. The good news is that he didn’t have a heart attack or anything. The bad news: pneumonia:

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia. Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team Friday.

“Around the eighth inning he was moving around a little funny and I asked him,” bench coach Don Wakamatsu said in a quiet clubhouse. “He was struggling a little bit with his side. The report is it’s more of a muscle spasm. They took him in to get checked and everything else seemed to be fine.”

I’ve never had pneumonia, but one would think that it would require a bit more than a couple of innings off. Indeed, one of the most important things you can do in such instances is rest. But hey, if the doctors say Farrell can be with the team today, I guess he can be with the team today.