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Dodgers’ skipper hospitalized Sunday

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson was hospitalized Sunday after experiencing dizziness caused by an irregular heartbeat.

Johnson, 57, was in stable condition at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Michael Mellman, one of the Dodgers' team physicians, said Johnson wasn't in danger and will remain at the hospital for tests.

"We're still gathering all the information," general manager Kevin Malone said about two hours before the start of Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh at Dodger Stadium. "I think the health of Davey is much more important than anything else right now. We just hope we get him back as soon as possible, and that he's feeling better."

Johnson, who played 13 seasons in the majors and helped Baltimore win two World Series, reportedly has been in danger of losing his job because of the Dodgers' 45-44 record heading into Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh.

"I went through this for six years in New York," Johnson was quoted as saying in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. "It didn't kill me, and it didn't make me age 20 years in one year — which it can do. After the number of years I've been managing, I'm not going to let it happen to me in LA. Believe me, it's not going to happen."

Johnson, in his second season as Dodgers manager, also managed Baltimore for two seasons, Cincinnati for three and the New York Mets for seven. In 1986, he guided the Mets to the World Series title.

Jim Tracy, in his second season as the Dodgers' bench coach, will run the team in Johnson's absence. Tracy's last managerial experience was in 1994, with Montreal's Triple-A Ottawa farm club, when Malone was in his first season as the Expos general manager.

"I received a phone call this morning alerting me to the fact that Davey had been put in the hospital," said Tracy, who held a closed-door clubhouse meeting that Malone attended. "I made the players aware of Davey's situation, and that's about it."