Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered what the team has termed a “very mild” stroke and will miss the next series and upcoming road trip while he recovers at home. Wedge was released from hospital earlier today and has been ordered home to rest and recover from what is obviously — mild or not — a serious medical concern.
“We expect a complete recovery,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said moments ago. “So, what he needs to do is just stay home for the next short period of time. We expect him to be back sooner rather than later. He’s excited. Like I’ve said, he sounds normal. You talk to him and it sounds like everything’s fine and he’s ready to roll. But again, we’re going to err on the side of caution. I think the common sense thing is just to have Eric rest and it makes sense that he won’t take this trip to the East Coast.”
Wedge will be re-evaluated once the team returns from the road trip to Boston and Baltimore and the Mariners will decide whether he’s ready to resume managing.
Zduriencik did not take questions from reporters. If he had, the obvious question to ask would be how large a role stress played in the stroke. Clearly, stress is a daily part of any manager’s job and the Mariners themselves are probably in no position right now to answer how effectively Wedge can balance his health needs while tending to the daily grind that managing a dugout truly is.
But right now, Wedge’s health is clearly the biggest concern. He’s only 44, spent much of the past year losing weight and working himself back into good physical condition. He has a wife and young family and nobody wants to sacrifice any of that for the sake of winning baseball games.
Robby Thompson will remain in charge of the team going forward.
The players in the clubhouse are, naturally, in a bit of shock. It was very quiet in there after the game and that had little to do with the 10-1 loss to the Indians.