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Davey Martinez returns to Nationals dugout for road series vs. Marlins

Davey Martinez returns to Nationals dugout for road series vs. Marlins

Davey Martinez will be back in the dugout Friday.

The Nationals announced their manager's return late Friday morning. Martinez did not manage the team in St. Louis because he required medical attention after feeling chest pain Sunday.

Chip Hale managed the three-game series against the Cardinals while Martinez remained in Washington. He was hospitalized Sunday and Monday. On Monday, Martinez underwent a minor heart procedure called cardiac catheterization.

According to the Mayo Clinic, cardiac catheterization "is a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain cardiovascular conditions. During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube called a catheter is inserted in an artery or vein in your groin, neck or arm and threaded through your blood vessels to your heart.

"Using this catheter, doctors can then do diagnostic tests as part of a cardiac catheterization. Some heart disease treatments, such as coronary angioplasty and coronary stenting, also are done using cardiac catheterization."

Initially, Martinez was expected to rejoin the team in St. Louis. However, Martinez, 54, needed further testing, treatment and rest before being cleared to travel and work.

Martinez left Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because he was not feeling well. He went to a local hospital for further examinations upon the recommendation from Nationals medical staff.

He rejoins the 83-68 Nationals with a one-game lead in the wild-card race for the right to host a do-or-die game on Oct. 1. Just 11 games remain in Martinez's second season as manager.

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The stuffed shark is back in the Nationals dugout

The stuffed shark is back in the Nationals dugout

The shark effect was in full force for Game 4 of the NLCS. 

There were shark-inspired celebrations.

The stuffed shark - which appeared for the first time in Game 3 of the NLCS and became a big story - was back.

There were shark-inspired costumes.

And even a shark outside the park.

If you have been following this team, you already knew the power of the baby shark. Dating all the way back to June

It has worked all season long, becoming a rallying cry for the team. 

As the saying goes...if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Well, Gerardo Parra feels the same way. 

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Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

Cardinals pull Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches in first inning

The Nationals are on fire. Eight Nationals batters put up eight runs and only recorded one out — which was a sacrifice fly that scored a run — before the Cardinals pulled starter Dakota Hudson and turned to veteran Adam Wainwright.

Hudson's start is the shortest in Cardinals' postseason history.

Hudson's seven earned runs are tied for the most by a pitcher in a start that was 1/3 of an inning or shorter. He's tied with Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves' starter who the Cardinals knocked out to get to the NLCS.

There's probably not much he could have done against these Nationals' bats, though.

Oh, and Patrick Corbin has five strikeouts on 23 pitches through two innings.

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