Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Eric Wedge returned to full capacity as Seattle Mariners manager Friday after suffering a stroke during batting practice at Safeco Field July 22.
He spent the past month working with doctors and figuring how to lessen internal stresses.
Before he was discharged from the hospital, Wedge was warned by all his doctors how serious his condition was.
The 45-year-old Wedge said he will try to balance things better by not worrying as much about less-critical things.
“I never would have thought that I would be able to slow myself down, but when the doctor looks you in the eye and says, ‘Slow yourself down or else,’ you know he’s not joking about it,” Wedge said. “I’ve put my heart and soul into this thing, as have so many others, and at some point in time you have to take a step back and take care of yourself.”
He is also receiving treatment for sleep apnea, a condition that wasn’t allowing him to get as much rest as needed during nights.
Wedge never had any serious health issues until he felt something overtaking him as he stood behind the batting cage that afternoon.
He is in his third year with the Mariners and 10th as a Major League manager, having previously led the Indians from 2003-09.
The Mariners went 12-15 with bench coach Robby Thompson serving as acting manager and took a 59-67 record into Friday night’s series opener with the Angels at Safeco Field.
Wedge and the players were quick to note that Thompson did a tremendous job filling in and things didn’t change dramatically with him at the helm and Jeff Datz helping out, along with pitching coach Carl Willis and the rest of the staff. But everyone was relieved to have the boss back Friday.
“We’re excited to have him back in the dugout with us,” said first baseman Justin Smoak.