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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Wakamatsu: Wetteland incident “had nothing to do with suicide”

Just got off the phone with Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, who was at the Phoenix airport about to board a plane home to Dallas after watching Mariner prospects in Peoria.

He was in a hurry, but he was returning a call from yesterday on the John Wetteland situation. Wakamatsu said he didn’t want to comment until he had talked to Wetteland, which he was finally able to do today. And now he believes that all the talk about suicide and mental health issues were highly premature.

“He’s doing great,” Wakamatsu said. “A lot of things got blown out of proportion. He had a domestic dispute — an argument. His blood pressure raced, and obviously his wife called the police. The next thing you know, it’s about suicide. It had nothing to do with that.”

Wakamatsu added, ‘It’s absolutely amazing. I get a call at 3 yesterday, there’s helicopters, a reported suicide at the Wetteland resident. It’s really a joke. John’s doing great. After he went to the hospital because his heart rate was elevated, he spent the night with Michele at the house. They’re both in good spirits. Everyone gets into arguments. It’s unfortunate it was blown out of proportion nationally.”

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