Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik held a team meeting with players about a half-hour ago and told them manager Eric Wedge will be spending a second night in the hospital tonight while he awaits the results of extensive testing done since yesterday.
Wedge entered the hospital yesterday evening after experiencing dizzy spells during batting practice.
Zduriencik addressed the media shortly after.
“Eric is going to be kept another evening for observation,” Zduriencik said. “He’s doing well. I had an opportunity to speak with him this morning. I visited with him and his wife Kate and he’s doing well. He’s in good spirits.
“But it’s a little premature to speculate yet. To say exactly what the prognosis is going to be. But more than anything else, they just want to keep him another evening as they get the results of the tests that are ongoing.”
The Mariners have not disclosed the name of the hospital Wedge is staying at.
Zduriencik was asked whether he had any indication on severity of situation Wedge is dealing with.
“I don’t know that,” he said. “I’m not a doctor. Again, I sat with him this morning, he was fine and we had a nice conversation about the game last night. He’s in good spirits and he’s resting. I think that’s a good thing right now and until we get the full diagnosis…it’s just too early to say.”
Zduriencik kept reiterating that Wedge was in good spirits.
“He said to tell that team to keep on playing baseball and that ‘I’m here watching you and I’m pulling for you’,” Zduriencik said. “He’s a tiger. He’s a trouper and though he’s not here, his heart and soul are here.”
Interim manager Robby Thompson said he spoke to Wedge’s wife a couple of times today, but not to Wedge himself. Thompson said Wedge was to keep getting tested the rest of today and into this evening.
“He has been up and down a little bit,” Thompson said. “The dizziness is not as bad and we’re just hoping that continues to get better each hour.”
Thompson was asked about the impact on the team’s players.
“Obviously, they’re concerned,” he said. “One thing we do know is that it was a serious enough matter for him to be taken to the hospital. And for Eric Wedge to do that…he’s a tough guy. He didn’t want to, nor did any of us. But it’s the best thing for him and for us as a whole for him to go in and get all these tests done.
“But the guys are concerned. They know though that their job is to go out at 7:10 and get in between the lines and do what they do best. They’ve played well as of late. There are a bunch of professionals down there who know how to handle things and move forward and that’s what they plan on doing.”
Thompson said yesterday’s events were “a shock to all of us” and that he’s had more of a chance to settle in today and prepare to manage. He said he’ll bounce stuff off pitching coach Carl Willis throughout the game and that “he’s got the lead role in that.”
“We have the matchup sheets and we have a lot of information on these guys and we’ll go to the best man in that bullpen that we feel is best for that situation.”
He added that he can also bounce things off coaches Daren Brown and Jeff Datz.
“We got it covered as best as we can,” he said.
Dustin Ackley said the team’s pregame preparation hasn’t changed all that much.
“I don’t think it really affects a ton,” he said. “Just not seeing him there is kind of different because you’re so used to it. Other than that, I don’t think it changes our mindset or anything that goes on. The lineups are still the same. It’s not like anything drastic is changing.”
Ackley said there are also a lot of older players around to help out compared to a couple of years back.
“This team’s got kind of a lot different feel than some teams in the past, just as far as a lot of veteran guys on the team and all that,” he said. “I think that’s another reason why it really doesn’t change. Because we have those guys that have kind of been around a long time and know how to react when situations like this happen.”
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