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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