Giants manager Bruce Bochy undergoes minor heart procedure

San Francisco Giants' manager Bruce Bochy watches his teams spring training baseball workouts Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Matt York/AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy underwent a minor heart procedure in San Diego on Tuesday, forcing him to miss the team’s two-game series against the Royals.

Bochy, who has a history of heart issues, had been complaining of discomfort in recent days. He told bench coach Ron Wotus on Sunday night that he was planning to go in for an exam Monday, and wound up having a procedure called an ablation to fix a heart rhythm problem.

The 62-year-old Bochy is resting at home and expects to rejoin the club in Colorado on Friday. In a text message to The Associated Press he said: "All good. … Ready to roll."

Wotus will handle the managerial duties against the Royals.

"The last time I spoke to him was Sunday," Wotus said. "I knew he was going in to get checked out, and we knew this was a possibility. He’s had the (atrial fibrillation) and he’s dealt with that before."

Bochy underwent a heart procedure in February 2015, just a few months after beating the Royals in a dramatic seven-game World Series, to insert two stents. Bochy also was hospitalized last summer with an undisclosed illness that forced him to miss a game in Miami.

"I don’t know all the details that led him to get in and get checked out and to have a procedure," Wotus said. "All I know is we expect him to be back in Colorado."

The procedure was considered minor enough that some of the players were barely aware of it, even asking members of the media how Bochy was doing before their game Tuesday night.

"He’s had a little bit of a tough time the last few years with his health," said pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the hero of that World Series triumph three years ago and due to start Wednesday night.

"Hopefully it’s all taken care of and he gets back to normal, everyday life pretty quickly."


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