Prior to Thursday night's game between the Mets and Braves, news broke that New York pitching coach Dan Warthen had been sent to an Atlanta hospital for observation. The cause is an accelerated heartbeat.
Right now it's unclear how long the Mets will be without Warthen and how his absence will affect the team. The 62-year-old coach has been with New York since he was promoted from the minor leagues in 2008, when he took over for the ousted Rick Peterson. During his Mets tenure, Warthen has endured some hard times and he was not always favored by the fan base, but lately he has prospered with the development of young studs like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard.
Hopefully Warthen is deemed healthy enough to continue coaching this season. Under his watch, the Mets have become one of the best pitching teams in the league, and that strength has led to their current position atop the National League East. We'll post more news on this worrisome situation as it breaks.