August 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM
Eric Wedge won’t manage Mariners this week, seeking medical advice
You’ll remember that when manager Eric Wedge suffered his stroke, the team said the possiility of his return to the dugout would be re-evaluated after this road trip. Well, that trip ends today and GM Jack Zduriencik says Wedge won’t be managing this coming week either.
“I know he has a couple of appointments ongoing,” Zduriencik said. “I think he’s got something mid-week where he’s going to sit down with the doctors. He’s doing well. I mean, I’ve been talking to him every day and he sounds normal. He’s excited to get back here. He wants to get back.
“But the one thing you don’t want to have happen, when he gets back, you want him to be back. His anxiousness to get back here in the dugout is one thing, but it’s a lifelong health issue for him. As well, when he gets back here managing this club, you want him to be here. You don’t want him to come in and be here for two or three days.”
Zduriencik said that stress is certainly a concern.
“The stress of a ballgame, the length of time that a manager has to put in,” he said. “You know how he is, too. He’s here early and leaves late. So, I think, from our standpoint, they just need to sign off and say ‘You’re 100 percents ready to go’ so that we don’t have a bump in the road where he’s out here for three or four days and then maybe has to take a step backwards. That’s not fair to Eric and for the ballclub.”
Zduriencik said he’ll know more mid-week once Wedge meets with his doctors. He plans to see him as soon as he returns from the road trip.