July 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM
Eric Wedge taken to hospital after dizzy spells in batting practice
Mariners manager Eric Wedge was taken to a hospital not long ago after his players had to help him from the field, down the dugout steps and into the cluhouse. Wedge, 44, was watching the team take batting practice when he was apparently overcome by dizzy spells.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said there were two team physicians on-hand to examine Wedge at the ballpark. Zduriencik said Wedge appeared to be feeling better but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“He’s fine, he’s being evaluated by our doctors,” Zduriencik said. “Everything is good, looks real good. What we’re doing is, we’re going to be very cautious about this and he’s going to get checked tonight. We’ll run him up to the hospital just to make sure we cover all of our bases. But he’s talking well, he’s fine and everything seems to be normal.”
Bench coach Robby Thompson will manage the Mariners tonight against the Cleveland Indians.
Zduriencik said he expects Wedge to return tomorrow.
The Mariners have been riding a six-game winning streak on the strength of the best offensive surge the team has seen in years.
Moments before the dizziness spells, Wedge told the media he hopes the streak continues.
“It’s always good to get back home,” he said. “Beautiful weather, back in front of our fans. We’re coming home, we’re going to play a good baseball team, so yeah, after the (all-star) break, it’s always exciting to be back here.”