ADDITIONAL NOTE: Would have posted this earlier, but we were breaking the Zduriencik story. Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen is to see Dr. James Andrews at his Alabama clinic on Monday for a second opinion on his ailing shoulder. There is apparently an issue going on in his labrum area. This is not good news.
Just got done talking briefly with Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, who confirmed that Jack Zduriencik is being retained as general manager for 2014.
“Yes, Jack will be back,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong declined to go into detail on the reasons behind continuing with Zduriencik or how long he’s been retained for, citing club policy. Club sources have indicated Zduriencik will be here on a short-term deal for now. Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln is expected to address the Seattle media at some point next week once it’s clear who the team’s manager will be.
Zduriencik said in an interview soon after that he’s pleased to be staying on beyond this year.
Zduriencik declined to indicate how long he’s known the Mariners are definitely letting him fulfill his contract beyond this year.
“You always operate on the basis that you’re going to keep doing the job,” Zduriencik said. “That’s what I’ve been doing. It’s been business as usual.”
Zduriencik said he’ll be deciding on his manager for 2014 once the season is over. Sources have indicated that Eric Wedge does not have a contract for 2014, even though his coaching staff does.
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