For the second consecutive night, the Seattle Mariners were without their manager.
Eric Wedge spent another night in the hospital, undergoing more tests Tuesday to determine what’s causing him to feel dizzy and light-headed.
Wedge was taken to the hospital Monday after the Mariners’ training staff helped him off the field during batting practice.
Bench coach Robby Thompson managed the team to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians and filled in again Tuesday.
The Mariners had no definite answers about the cause of Wedge’s condition before Tuesday’s game.
“He’s doing well,” general manager Jack Zduriencik told the media, shortly after updating the players. “I had the opportunity to spend some time with him this morning. I visited him and his wife, Kate. He’s doing well. He’s in good spirits. But it’s a little premature right yet to say exactly what the prognosis is going to be. More than anything else, as a precaution, they just want to keep him another evening as they want to get the results from the tests, which are ongoing.”
Zduriencik said Wedge was happy about Monday’s win.
“He’s in good spirits,” Zduriencik said. “He said to tell the team, ‘Keep on playing baseball, and that I’m here watching and pulling for you.’ He’s a tiger. He’s a trooper. And though he’s not here, his heart and soul are here.”
All baseball players have a stubborn streak, and Wedge’s is larger than most. The former catcher wasn’t happy about being taken to the hospital but Zduriencik said Wedge is following doctors’ orders.
“He’s resting, and I think that’s a good thing,” Zduriencik said. “He’s being smart about this. Eric is Eric. He understands to just wait and see what this is.”
Thompson spoke with Wedge’s wife for updates.
“He is resting peacefully,” Thompson said. “He’s been up and down a little bit, and the dizziness is not as bad. We’re just hoping it continues to get better with each hour. Hopefully we’ll know a little more later on today or after the game this evening.”
Through his wife, Wedge sent a message to Thompson to “throw the same lineup out there.” That’s what Thompson did.
Meanwhile, the players still were concerned about Wedge.
“Once you saw him walking off the field, you knew something was wrong,” said Dustin Ackley, who was in the hitting group at the batting cage when Wedge was helped off the field. “It looked like he was struggling. When you see someone having trouble walking off the field, you are definitely concerned. You don’t know what is going on.”
But Ackley said the team would prepare as if Wedge were there. There haven’t been any drastic changes under Thompson, and enough experienced players are around to make sure that things remain the same.
“This team has a lot different feel than the teams of the past with the veteran guys on the team,” Ackley said. “That’s a reason why it doesn’t change. We do have the guys who have been around a long time, and they know how to react when something like this happens.”
Thompson trusts the players to handle their business as usual. Wedge has preached about turning those young players into professionals.
“They know their job is to go out at 7:10 p.m. and get between those lines and do what they do best,” Thompson said. “We’ve been playing well as of late. They’re a bunch of professionals that know how to handle things and move forward. And that’s what they plan on doing. It’s a good group. They are pros. They are men. ”
As for Thompson, he will manage as if Wedge were ejected. He will bounce ideas and strategy off pitching coach Carl Willis, third base coach Daren Brown, a longtime manager with Triple-A Tacoma, and Jeff Datz, who is back with the Mariners after undergoing cancer treatment.
“We got it covered as best we can,” Thompson said.
The Mariners wrap up the three-game series with the Indians with an afternoon affair Wednesday. Left-hander Joe Saunders (9-8, 4.28 ERA) will get the start and look to continue his outstanding July (4-0, 1.73 in four starts). Fellow left-hander Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.30) will start for Cleveland. First pitch is set for 12:40 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Root Sports and 710-AM.Ryan Divish: 253-597-8483 email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners @RyanDivish