Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty taken to hospital (updated)

Steve McCatty (right) talking with Jordan Zimmermann and Kurt Suzuki. (Katherine Frey/TWP)

Steve McCatty (right) talking with Jordan Zimmermann and Kurt Suzuki. (Katherine Frey/TWP)

Update, 6:10 p.m.: Pitching coach Steve McCatty was taken to the hospital prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Mets because of high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, Manager Davey Johnson said. McCatty, 59, will remain overnight at the hospital and is expected to rejoin the team for its series in Detroit, which will begin Tuesday.

“McCatty’s doing all right,” Johnson said. “He’s his usual grumpy self. … Hopefully he was watching the game and I was hoping that grand slam [by Wilson Ramos] would shock him right out of that atrial fibrillation.”

McCatty, who is originally from the Detroit area, was going to fly there on Sunday night ahead of the team, which doesn’t leave until Monday afternoon, an day off for the team. But McCatty will remain to rest, receive treatment and could fly with the team to Detroit instead.

“They’ll give him some medication, thin his blood, and something to slow his heart rate down and hopefully he’ll come out of the irregular beat,” Johnson said.

McCatty was in the clubhouse prior to the game, walking around and talking with players without any apparent issue. His condition worsened before first pitch. He wasn’t in the dugout during the game and Johnson instead handled the mound visits and pitching changes.

“I hope he’s okay,” reliever Tyler Clippard said.

Original update, 2:36 p.m.: Pitching coach Steve McCatty was taken to the hospital prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Mets, according to a Nationals spokesman. McCatty, 59, was in the clubhouse prior to the game, walking around and talking with players without any apparent issue.

McCatty was not taken to the hospital in ambulance, the spokesman said, and was not present in the dugout during the game. McCatty is in his fifth season as the Nationals pitching coach.

The team will update his condition later.

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