Mets' pitching coach Warthen hospitalized

Mets' pitching coach Warthen hospitalized

ATLANTA -- Dan Warthen, who has served as the New York Mets' pitching coach since 2008, was hospitalized with a rapid heartbeat Thursday before the team's 7-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Manager Terry Collins said after the game that he doesn't expect Warthen to be back in the dugout for Friday's game against the Braves as doctors continue to monitor his health. But Collins is hopeful his coach will be back soon.

"I just got a text from him," Collins said, "and he was eating cake."

Warthen, 62, spent parts of four seasons with the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros in the mid-1970s, starting 41 games among 83 appearances and compiling a 12-21 record and a 4.31 ERA. He debuted with the Expos in 1975.

He's also been a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres and the Detroit Tigers and was a player/coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates' Minor League system in the early '80s.

John Donovan is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.