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Nationals manager Martinez misses Monday's game

Mon Sep 16 7:21pm ET

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez stands in the dugout during the ninth inning of the teams baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Washington. Atlanta won 5-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez stands in the dugout in the seventh inning of a baseball gameagainst the New York Mets, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


ST. LOUIS (AP) Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez had a heart procedure and did not travel with the team for its series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.

General manager Mike Rizzo says Martinez had a minor cardiac catheterization Monday in Washington.

Martinez, who turns 55 on Sept. 26, experienced chest pains during Washington's home game Sunday against Atlanta, left in the sixth inning and was taken to a hospital.

Bench coach Chip Hale will manage the Nats during the absence of Martinez. Hale said Martinez texted him Monday's starting lineup.

First base coach Tim Bogar will be in the dugout and assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon will replace Bogar at first.

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