Mariners manager Eric Wedge was in the clubhouse Sunday morning to say hello to the team. Interim manager Robby Thompson said Wedge looked and sounded good in his first visit to the clubhouse since suffering a mild stroke last Monday during batting practice that put him in the hospital through Wednesday.
“He came in and said hello to the boys,” Thompson said. “Had a nice little talk with him. He looks great. (I) spent a couple hours with him and Kate (Wedge) and the kids last night. He decided to come in. Seeing the guys was great. Doing well. Walking good. Talking, I mean the whole thing. A big smile on his face. Probably tough for him to leave right now. As we all know, he’d probably love to stay here. He’ll be back soon though. He’s doing really, really well. Proud that he came in and said good morning and wanted to show the guys he’s doing well.
“It was good for the guys to see that he’s doing fine and he’s not laying in bed or has other issues. Walked in as proud and tall and strong as Eric always is and it was good for the guys to see. Really good visit.”
Thompson said he didn’t know of any timeline for Wedge’s return, though he said it would be sooner than later. He also said that Wedge went through a period of fear then relief.
“I think … put ourselves in his shoes and I think we’d ll be feeling the same way,” Thompson said. “It was serious. He knows that. He knows he has to stay until he’s strong and ready and he’ll decide the right time is to come back.”
As for the game, Justin Smoak gets a days off. Kyle Seager has been moved into the third slot and Raul Ibanez to fifth.
Michael Saunders has dealt with a tight hamstring of late, which is why he was off Friday and most of Saturday. He’s in the starting lineup today.