Eric Wedge Returns as Mariners Manager After Suffering Stroke in July
The Seattle Mariners announced on Tuesday that manager Eric Wedge suffered a "very mild" stroke but has been released from the hospital.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23, at 11:00 p.m. ET
The Associated Press (via ESPN.com) reports that Wedge returned to the Mariners nearly a month after being released from the hopsital. Wedge had this to say about returning:
"I feel great. I feel better than I have in 10 or 15 years," Wedge said before the Mariners opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. "I think it was the perfect storm and a lot of things happened that culminated with that episode I had a month ago. So you make some changes to make sure you don't get back there."
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Sports Radio KJR's Curtis Crabtree has the official statement from the team:
Here's the full statement from the Mariners on Eric Wedge. pic.twitter.com/phEufVmpES— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) July 24, 2013
Here is what it says:
We are happy to announce that Eric Wedge has been released from the hospital today.
He is home with his family resting and feeling well.
After much testing the doctors believe he suffered a very mild stroke. The doctors expect that he will have a full and complete recovery.
Eric will not be in uniform for the Minnesota series, and will miss the upcoming road trip to Boston and Baltimore.
He is looking forward to being back with the team in the near future and will be available to you for questions at that time.
Wedge, whose Mariners saw their eight-game winning streak snapped against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon, spent Monday and Tuesday night in the hospital with an unknown malady that was causing symptoms of dizziness.
Although the word "stroke" brings with it plenty of negative connotations, it's a positive sign that doctors were able to pinpoint the problem and that Wedge was feeling good enough to leave the hospital.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, per the Tacoma News Tribune's Todd Dybas, had some more positive details:
Mariners expect a complete recovery. Jack Zduriencik says Wedge sounds normal and "ready to roll." Wedge will be evaluated when they return.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) July 24, 2013
The 45-year-old is already in the midst of his 10th season as a manager in the major leagues.
He managed the Cleveland Indians for seven years, leading them to two 90-win seasons. In 2007, the Indians' last postseason appearance, he took them to within one win of the World Series and won Manager of the Year.
He is currently in his third season with the Mariners and on pace to improve the young team's record for the second year in a row.
In his stead, bench coach Robby Thompson will continue to fill in as manager for the 48-53 Mariners.
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