Two days ago, we quoted general manager Jack Zduriencik saying the Mariners hoped to have Eric Wedge back in the dugout on Friday. Well, interim manager Robby Thompson just confirmed that Wedge will indeed be back at the start of the next homestand following a three-game series that starts here in Oakland tonight.
“We’ve talked and he will be back,” Thompson said. “In what capacity, or easing into it, we’ll talk tomorrow and then I’ll probably see him maybe on the off-day and then we’ll get a game plan together. But he will be back in uniform on Friday.”
Zduriencik told me two days ago that Wedge would only be back in his full capacity as a manager with the expectation he’d see the rest of the season through to its conclusion.
In other news, Michael Morse is out of the lineup for a second straight day, this time with what Thompson says is a wrist issue. Morse was given a day off yesterday to work through some issues that have led to a major slump the entire month of August so far.
“It’s nothing severe, but a couple of swings he’s kind of grimaced and held his wrist as of late,” Thompson said. “So, we’ll give him another day and see where he’s at tomorrow.”
As for another struggling player, the Mariners plan to keep giving the ball to relief pitcher Oliver Perez as normal, despite his struggles this month.
Opponents have a .471 batting average off Perez his past nine outings.
Perez said he’s been a victim of some bad luck at times. He hasn’t found anything mechanically wrong with his delivery and chalks the rest of his misfortune up to merely making the wrong pitch at the wrong time.
“Sometimes, I’ll be behind in the count and I’ll throw a slider down the middle,” he said. “So, it’s just one of those things I’ll have to look out for and get back (to where he was).”
Another issue for Perez has been not landing as many first-pitch strikes as he was earlier on.
“Sometimes, you have trouble throwing first pitch strikes and that’s probably also whiy I’ve had a little trouble,” he said. “Sometimes, I’ll fall behind and then I’ll leave the ball in the middle. You can’t do that in the big leagues.”
Some of you have been asking about Mike Zunino, recovering from that surgery on his broken hamate bone. Thompson says he could be back taking batting practice with the team starting next homestand.