WASHINGTON -- As expected, Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty rejoined the club for Monday's series opener against the Braves after missing the previous six games with a health issue.
McCatty was taken to a local hospital with atrial fibrillation on July 28 before Washington wrapped up its previous homestand with a game against the Mets. The 59-year-old was suffering from high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat and did not join the Nats on their five-game road trip to Detroit and Milwaukee.
"He looks good," Nats manager Davey Johnson said. "He's his old irritable self."
Johnson helped cover McCatty's duties during the series against the Tigers, before pitching coordinator Spin Williams joined the club for its three-game set against the Brewers.