Dusty Baker Shares Encouraging News on COVID Update

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has shared some encouraging  news with his latest COVID update.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has shared some encouraging news with his latest COVID update. / AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox

Over the weekend, it was announced that Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19. While you never want to see a well-respected bench boss getting sick, Baker's situation couldn't have come at a worse time with the Astros trying to build momentum ahead of the playoffs.

Fortunately, Baker had some encouraging news to share on Tuesday. The Astros manager told SportsTalk 790's Matt Thomas that he's feeling better and hopes to "be in the stadium and managing again before the weekend."

Dusty Baker COVID Update

Baker tested positive for COVID while the Astros were in Cleveland for a four-game series against the Guardians. Houston's manager told Thomas that he initially thought he was dealing with allergies before the Guardians' doctor suggested that he take a COVID test. The rest is history.

Nevertheless, it's great news that Baker expects to be back in the coming days. He coached the Astros all the way to the World Series last year and is poised to do it again as his club leads the AL West with a 70-40 record, 11.5 games ahead of the second-place Seattle Mariners.

Baker has helped the Astros remain as one of the top squads this MLB season. Though Houston's offense could be better (4.42 runs per game, No. 14), the club's 2.98 team ERA only trails the Los Angeles Dodgers (2.87).

The Astros have three-game series against the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics coming up this week, leaving time to tell which matchup Baker will be back for. Whenever he does return, expect the Houston players to play their hearts out for their beloved manager.

Astros World Series Odds

The Astros hope that Baker can seamlessly transition back into his managerial duties in pursuit of a World Series title. For now, Houston owns the third-best odds (+420) to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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