Wedge will be in dugout Friday
Mariners manger expected back for series with Los Angeles Angels, but uncertain if he will be in full capacity from the start.
Seattle Times staff reporter
OAKLAND, Calif. — Mariners manager Eric Wedge will be in uniform again Friday for the first time in a month. Interim manager Robby Thompson said Monday that Wedge is set to make his dugout return and will do so when the Mariners open a homestand against the Los Angeles Angels.
Wedge hasn’t managed since being diagnosed with a mild stroke after suffering dizzy spells during batting practice on July 22.
“We’ve talked and he will be back,” Thompson said. “In what capacity, or easing into it, we’ll talk tomorrow and then I’ll probably see him maybe on the off-day and then we’ll get a game plan together. But he will be back in uniform on Friday.”
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik had said Saturday that the team was hoping to have Wedge possibly return by Friday if the doctors overseeing his condition OK the move. Zduriencik also said that any return by Wedge would be at full managerial capacity with the expectation he would finish the season.
• Struggling Mariners relief pitcher Oliver Perez says he really can’t pinpoint what has gone wrong for him the past month or so. Opponents had hit .471 off Perez his past nine outings heading into Monday. Perez said it’s a combination of things that have gone wrong — everything from normal bad baseball luck to some poor pitch selection by him and troubles landing a first-pitch strike.
“Sometimes, I’ll be behind in the count and I’ll throw a slider down the middle,’’ he said. “So, it’s just one of those things I’ll have to look out for and get back (to where he was).’’
Perez said there’s nothing mechanically wrong with his pitches and he’s doing his best to stay positive through the rough stretch. The first-pitch strike thing, he added, is something that will definitely have to improve.
“Sometimes, you have trouble throwing first-pitch strikes and that’s probably also why I’ve had a little trouble,’’ he said. “Sometimes, I’ll fall behind and then I’ll leave the ball in the middle. You can’t do that in the big leagues.’’
• Michael Morse missed his second consecutive game, this time for a sore wrist that had bothered him in batting practice.