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Bochy plans to rejoin Giants on Sunday

Giants manager feeling 'really good' after insertion of stents to relieve heart trouble

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was released Friday from the hospital where he underwent a procedure to relieve heart trouble and said in a text message that he'll rejoin the club Sunday.

Bochy, 59, vowed in the text that he'll be "ready to go."

Bochy wasn't expected to supervise the Giants' workout Friday, one day after two stents were inserted in arteries leading to his heart.

"Glad to hear Bochy is doing well. Looking forward to seeing him in a couple days," catcher Buster Posey tweeted.

Bochy's son, Brett, a right-handed pitcher and non-roster invitee to San Francisco's Spring Training camp, visited his father Friday and said he was "feeling really good." The elder Bochy was hospitalized at Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center, across the street from the Scottsdale Stadium complex where the Giants train.

"He couldn't be in better spirits," said Brett Bochy, who noted that his father wanted to oversee Friday's workout but was ordered to stay away for precautionary reasons.

Bruce Bochy's decision also to skip Saturday's workout wasn't a surprise.

"They want him to take his time because he needs to rest up," said Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, who directed Friday's workout in Bochy's absence. "Knowing him, he'll want to be here tomorrow throwing to three groups in batting practice."

Video: Wotus keeping Giants on track while skipper recovers

Brett Bochy said the Giants' medical staff started watching the manager carefully after noticing something amiss Wednesday, when the skipper underwent his mandatory pre-Spring Training physical examination. After overseeing Thursday's opening workout for pitchers and catchers, Bochy appeared to be in good spirits as he met with reporters. But he required hospitalization a few hours later. It was believed that head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and team physician Robert Murray examined Bochy before he was admitted to the medical center.

"That's why it wasn't scary," Brett Bochy said. "They had everything under control."

Brett said his father has no history of heart trouble. However, Brett said that Bruce Bochy's father, Gus, died of a heart attack. This elevated the sense of urgency surrounding Bochy's treatment.

Noting that Bochy was ordered to the hospital and treated when he wasn't taxing himself physically or mentally, Wotus said, "That's the blessing in this whole thing. They say it's a routine procedure, but anytime you're dealing with the heart it's not routine to me. Thank God they caught it."

Bochy quit using smokeless tobacco a few years after becoming the Giants' manager in 2007.

Word of Bochy's hospitalization spread quickly among Giants players, coaches and staffers when the news broke Thursday night.

"In this clubhouse, he's obviously the main man," left-hander Javier Lopez said. "He's a big figure not only in this clubhouse, but with everybody personally."

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.
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