Bruce Bochy will be away from the team for this week’s series in Kansas City as he recovers from a minor heart procedure he underwent on Tuesday morning.
From a team press release:
“Giants Manager Bruce Bochy underwent a minor ablation procedure this morning to alleviate some discomfort he was experiencing due to an atrial flutter. The procedure, which was performed in San Diego, was a success and Bochy will be resting comfortably at his home tonight. He will rejoin the team in Colorado on Friday. Bench Coach Ron Wotus will assume managerial duties during the two-game series in Kansas City.”
Despite Bochy’s history of heart concerns over the last two years, this procedure seems to be the result of a check-up that Bochy undertakes routinely, and as the Mercury News reports, Bochy said this in September:
“No. There’s no question in my mind. It’s what I love to do. I don’t know what else I would do if I didn’t do this. I mean, I could have stepped down and counted my blessings like (former third base coach Tim Flannery) did, but I’m still hungry. I want to get back there. I want to win again. And if that goes away, then so will I.”
So don’t worry about the Skipper going anywhere soon - baseball is in his blood.
Meanwhile, in less worrisome news, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow will also be missing this series as Jeremy Affeldt will get the call with Jon Miller and Dave Flemming. Affeldt will be making his first visit to Kauffman Stadium since he recorded the win in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.