SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was in good spirits late Thursday night after a medical procedure to insert two stents in his heart.
Bochy experienced discomfort after having a routine physical on Wednesday. The Giants medical staff monitored his condition Thursday and in the afternoon Bochy was admitted to Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center, where he stayed overnight. He cracked a joke when reached via text, and is expected to return to the team in a few days. Bochy is said to be resting comfortably and will be released from the hospital on Friday.
Stents are small metal tubes inserted in coronary arteries to deal with blockages, and the procedure is considered minimally invasive. Patients are often allowed to return to work within a week, but the Giants have no need to rush Bochy given the time of year. They held their first full workout Thursday and position players don't officially report to Scottsdale Stadium until next week. Bench coach Ron Wotus handles much of the planning during spring training, anyway, and is expected to take over until Bochy is ready to return.
Bochy showed no signs of the discomfort during the workout, monitoring pitchers on the bullpen mounds and then standing behind the cage as the catchers took batting practice. At one point, he stepped into the batter's box to give Madison Bumgarner a different look as the lefty threw a bullpen session. Bochy later joked that Bumgarner was throwing cutters that fit his bat speed. He spoke to reporters at length after the workout and hung around for another 10 extra minutes to joke about the "Most Handsome Manager" rankings one baseball website put out last year.
Bochy wasn't a big fan of the list. The website ranked him 29th.