Wedge could return for next homestand


Mariners manager Eric Wedge has missed nearly a month since suffering a minor stroke on July 22, but acting manager Robby Thompson said Wedge could be ready to return to the club when it gets back home on Aug. 23.

“He’s doing really good,” Thompson said prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Rays. “He’s doing outstanding. I talked to him yesterday. He’s passing everything with flying colors, he’s feeling much better. And there’s a real good chance that he’ll rejoin us when we get back. That’s kind of where it stands right now.

” We’re not 100 percent sure on that, but that’s what we’re hoping. He sounds great. Each and every day he’s feeling better. He’s following all the rules and guidelines of what he should be doing and he’s determined to get through this thing and get back in it and continue where he left off.”

General manager Jack Zduriencik has said he doesn’t want Wedge returning until he’s ready to run the team on a full-time basis, but Thompson said no plan has been finalized for how things might be run on the 45-year-old’s initial return.

“We’re going to talk about it,” Thompson said. “We’ve talked briefly. I’m sure through the doctors he’s trying to come up with a game plan for easing back into it. We’ll talk again in Texas and Oakland and then have something based off what Eric wants to do. We’ll have an answer to that before he comes back on the homestand.”

After finishing off the Rays’ series, the Mariners fly to Arlington for three games and then finish off their road trip with a trio of games in Oakland. The club has gone 9-12 with Thompson working as acting manager.

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