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Dave Martinez to return to Nationals after heart procedure

The Washington Nationals have announced that Dave Martinez will resume managerial duties when the team faces the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

The skipper has been absent the past three games after suffering chest pains on Sunday that necessitated Martinez undergoing a heart procedure.

Martinez underwent a minor cardiac catheterization on Monday. The chest pains suffered by Martinez on Sunday occurred during the Nationals’ game against the Atlanta Braves, which caused the manager to leave in the sixth inning.

Bench coach Chip Hale managed in Martinez’s stead. The Nationals took one of three games in this week’s series with the St. Louis Cardinals during the second-year skipper’s absence.

The Nationals obviously are encouraged that Martinez’s heart issues trended toward the less severe, although any cardiac-related troubles are of course a source of concern.

The team will welcome their skipper back sporting an 83-68 record and a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Wild Card chase with 11 games left to play in the regular season.