A “dizzy spell” that forced Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge to miss the past three games against the Cleveland Indians and spend two nights in the hospital was revealed to be a mild stroke, the organization announced following Wednesday’s 10-1 loss.
Wedge was back at his home Wednesday afternoon and the team said he is doing well, but general manager Jack Zduriencik said he will stay home for the team’s upcoming four-game series with the Minnesota Twins as well as the ensuing road trip to Boston and Baltimore.
“We expect a complete recovery,” Zduriencik said during a press conference following Wednesday’s game. “What he needs to do is stay home for a short period of time.
“He sounds normal. You talk to him and he sounds fine and ready to roll. But we are going to err on the side of caution. The common sense thing is just to have Eric rest.”
He said Wedge will be evaluated during the road trip and the club will determine if he is well enough to return to his managerial role.
Bench coach Robby Thompson will continue to manage the team in Wedge’s stead.
“We are going to put our hearts, thoughts and prayers into Kate (Wedge’s wife) and Eric,” Thompson said. “He is a determined man and, like Jack said, he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”
Zduriencik informed the players following the game before addressing the media.
“Not the kind of motivation you are looking for,” said shortstop Brendan Ryan. “But I think, collectively, he’ll be in our hearts and minds. Jack gave us some good news. You’d rather it be a pulled calf or something, but it is what it is. He’ll deal with it the right way.”
The team announced the stroke was “very mild” and he is feeling well, but it certainly came as a shock to the organization, which had been awaiting a cause of Wedge’s dizzy spell that first forced him to the hospital on Monday.
Wedge turned 45 years old in January.
“It’s a relief to know he is resting now and in good spirits,” said infielder Brad Miller. “That’s the biggest thing.”
"The sooner he gets back, the better," Ryan said. "I'll try to text him later on and wish him well."