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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Page updated at 10:00 p.m.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge spends second night in hospital
By Geoff Baker
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mariners manager Eric Wedge was expected to miss the rest of the series against the Cleveland Indians after spending a second night in the hospital Tuesday while awaiting test results.
Wedge was first hospitalized before Monday night’s game after suffering bouts of dizziness during batting practice. Bench coach Robby Thompson, who is managing in Wedge’s absence, said he spoke on a couple of occasions Tuesday with Wedge’s wife, Kate.
“He has been up and down a little bit,’’ Thompson said. “The dizziness is not as bad and we’re just hoping that continues to get better each hour.’’
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik spent part of Tuesday morning at the hospital with Wedge but wasn’t as detailed about the manager’s physical condition in speaking to the media. Zduriencik was asked whether he had an indication of how serious Wedge’s problem is.
“I don’t know that,’’ he said. “I’m not a doctor. Again, I sat with him this morning, he was fine and we had a nice conversation about the game last night. He’s in good spirits and he’s resting. I think that’s a good thing right now and until we get the full diagnosis ... it’s just too early to say.’’
For now, he added, Wedge is undergoing a battery of tests and won’t have the full results until at least Wednesday morning. At that point, Wedge could be released, but it’s doubtful he’d manage in Wednesday afternoon’s 12:40 series finale against the Indians.
Zduriencik addressed the team before batting practice Tuesday to update them on Wedge’s condition. Thompson said the players remain concerned, but know they have a job to do.
“One thing we do know is that it was a serious enough matter for him to be taken to the hospital,” Thompson said. “And for Eric Wedge to do that ... he’s a tough guy. He didn’t want to, nor did any of us. But it’s the best thing for him and for us as a whole for him to go in and get all these tests done.
“But the guys are concerned. They know though that their job is to go out at 7:10 and get in-between the lines and do what they do best. They’ve played well as of late. There are a bunch of professionals down there who know how to handle things and move forward and that’s what they plan on doing.’’
Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley said not too much has changed in terms of the team’s pregame preparation.
“I don’t think it really affects a ton,’’ he said. “Just not seeing him there is kind of different because you’re so used to it. Other than that, I don’t think it changes our mindset or anything that goes on. The lineups are still the same. It’s not like anything drastic is changing.’’
Ackley added the presence of more veteran players than in years past also helps.
“I think that’s another reason why it really doesn’t change,” he said. “Because we have those guys that have kind of been around a long time and know how to react when situations like this happen.’’
• Mariners starting pitchers entered Tuesday having recorded wins in seven straight contests. That’s only the third time in team history that has happened and was one shy of the club record of eight set May 27-June 4, 2003. Seattle is only the second team to have starters win seven in a row this year, the other being the Angels.
• Seattle entered Tuesday with a club record of home runs in 16 straight games played at Safeco Field. The previous record was 11 games in a row in 1999.
• Tuesday was the anniversary of the Mariners trading Ichiro to the New York Yankees for pitchers Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.
Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @gbakermariners.
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