Bruce Bochy was reportedly admitted a Miami-area hospital on Monday because he was “feeling ill.” The San Francisco Giants manager is expected to be back with the team on Tuesday for the second game of the Marlins series, so it doesn’t appear to be all that serious.
According to multiple sources, the Giants said in a statement that Bochy is “resting comfortably” and will be monitored overnight. The Giants start a series today against the Miami Marlins, after having finished up a three-game series Sunday in Washington, D.C., against the Nationals.
While there has been no word on what exactly is ailing the 61-year-old Bochy, there is also no indication that it is related his hospitalization last year, when he had two stents inserted into his heart.
Whatever is ailing Bochy is serious to put him out of commission and into a hospital, so it seems optimistic that he will be back in action within a day.
Bench coach Ron Wotus will handle managerial duties while Bochy is out. Johnny Cueto takes the mound tonight for a marquee matchup with Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who leads all Major League starting pitchers with a 13.1 K/9 rate. Cueto and Fernandez are both rank among the National League’s top 10 in ERA, so this is not expected to be a high-scoring affair.
But perhaps the Giants will extra amped with motivation to win this one for their ailing manager.
On a personal note, my publishing of a column earlier this afternoon couldn’t have been anymore ill-timed (so to speak). It just so happened that the first time I ever publicly questioned Bochy—about how assembles his batting orders, I found out moments later that he had been hospitalized.
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: GET WELL SOON, BOCH!