Mariners manager Eric Wedge is still not out of the hospital this morning, though he expects to get more news about his test results later today. That’s the word given us by interim manager Robby Thompson, who spoke with Wedge earlier this morning by phone.
“He sounded great, he really did,” Thompson said. “He really sounded good, he’s upbeat. Other than that…he wanted to know about the lineup, how guys are doing…more baseball related than anything.”
Wedge was hospitalized on Monday after suffering from dizziness while the Mariners were taking batting practice prior to the series opener. Thompson agreed Wedge’s medical ordeal has played out longer than he’d initially anticipated.
“Obviously, we were hoping he’d get out right away,” Thompson said. “But under these circumstances and with all of the testing that he’s been through, it’s taken a little longer. They were just really leaning on the cautious side of things. Hopefully, if any of us were in the hospital, we’d want out of there as quickly as possible. So, we’ll see how he feels and we’ll know more later this afternoon, we’re hoping.”
Back to baseball, the Mariners have a few lineup changes this afternoon as they try for a ninth straight win and third consecutive series sweep, taking on the Indians and left-hander Scott Kazmir. The Mariners will have Jason Bay in left field in-place of Raul Ibanez after the night game. Also, Henry Blanco makes a rare appearance behind the plate, catching Joe Saunders, while Endy Chavez plays right field and Dustin Ackley takes a seat with the opposing southpaw out there.
Thompson said that lineup was posted ahead of his conversation with Wedge, but the manager agreed on it nonetheless.
Again, the reason Mike Zunino is out today is because he’s caught so often and it’s a day game after a night game. Managers have to control situations like that, winning streak or not. The idea is to be able to keep winning after the streak comes to its inevitable end.
Thompson admitted he’s as superstitious as any other ballplayer or coach when it comes to winning streaks.
“I think we all are,” he said. “That includes this morning when (radio announcer) Rick Rizzs and I did the little (710 ESPN) pre-game. We had to be definitelty in the same seats and go from there. Everybody that’s ever played this game or coached in this game…it’s a little crazy but we think it works and we stick with it until it doesn’t work anymore.”