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July 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Eric Wedge makes visit to Mariner clubhouse

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Brad Miller 6

Nick Franklin 4

Kyle Seager 5

Kendrys Morales 3

Raul Ibanez DH

Michael Saunders 7

Endy Chavez 9

Dustin Ackley 8

Henry Blanco 2

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

The big news today is that Eric Wedge showed up to the clubhouse today to meet briefly with the team before they headed out to batting practice. Acting manager Robby Thompson said Wedge was greeted with a round of applause, and that Wedge even induced some laughs during his talk. Afterward, he left the ballpark and went home. Thompson said he spent several hours last night with Wedge, his wife Kate, and their children, and they decided it would be good for him to make an appearance.

“Eric came in and said hello the boys, and had a nice little talk with them,” Thompson said. “He looks great. He’s doing well, walking good, talking, the whole thing. He had a big smile on his face. It’s probably tough for him to leave right now and head back home. As we all know, he’d probably love to stay here. But that’s not the case. He’ll be back soon, though. He’s doing really, really well.

“I’m proud of him that he came in and addressed the team. He didn’t address them – he came in and said hello. He wanted to show the guys he’s doing well.It was good for the guys to see he’s doing fine, and not laying in bed. He walked in, as proud and tall and strong as Eric always is. It was a really good visit.”

Thompson said he doesn’t know the timeline for Wedge’s return to managing after suffering the mild stroke last Monday.

“I’m sure it will be sooner than later,” he said. “It’s serious. He knows that, and he knows he has to stay away until  he’s strong and ready. They’ll decide when that right time is to come back. We don’t know the time line. It’s up to Eric and medical staff. He’ll know when the right time is.”

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