MIAMI -– Dave Righetti was hospitalized Thursday night in Las Vegas, where the Giants’ chartered flight from San Francisco to South Florida diverted after their longtime pitching coach had a spell of vertigo.
Righetti is in good condition, was joined in Las Vegas by his wife and will stay there until he is cleared to fly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He will rejoin the team back in San Francisco next week and miss the entirety of the club’s seven-game trip to Miami and Philadelphia.
Righetti had the same viral illness that has ravaged the Giants clubhouse in recent weeks and gave Bochy a double ear infection. Bochy was unable to attend services for Tony Gwynn, his former teammate, in San Diego earlier this month because of the illness.
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Righetti underwent a battery of tests that came back clear, Bochy said.
The Giants’ charter had flown past Las Vegas but that was the closest airport so the plane turned around when Righetti’s symptoms worsened. He was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, GM Brian Sabean said.
Righetti, 55, is the longest tenured and one of the most respected pitching coaches in the big leagues and is in his 15th season on the major league staff. The San Jose native was a standout starter and closer for the Yankees, Giants, Blue Jays and White Sox over a 16-year major league career.
Longtime bullpen coach Mark Gardner, who is more like a de facto co-pitching coach, will assume Righetti’s duties until he returns.