SEATTLE (AP) — Clean shaven, looking thinner and sounding energized, Seattle manager Eric Wedge was back behind his office desk Friday afternoon
It was far better look than a month ago when Wedge was being helped off the field by team personnel in the midst of suffering a mild stroke.
"I feel great. I feel better than I have in 10 or 15 years," Wedge said before the Mariners opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. "I think it was the perfect storm and a lot of things happened that culminated with that episode I had a month ago. So you make some changes to make sure you don't get back there."
After a month away, Wedge was anxious about getting back on the bench. It was a month filled with doctor's appointments and meetings, researching and relaxing, with the goal of figuring out why at 45 years old, Wedge suffered a stroke in the first place and how to prevent it from happening again.
It was before the Mariners game on July 22 when Wedge fell ill. Standing behind the cage during batting practice, Wedge first started feeling something wrong in his head, then his legs and his vision. At that point he called for Mariners trainer Rick Griffin, who immediately started helping Wedge off the field. Wedge said by the time he got to the top of the dugout steps he was "dead weight."
Wedge was confused and frustrated at the feeling of having something take over control of his body and not being able to stop it.
"Every step we took further I got a little more upset because I didn't want that to happen," Wedge said. "Then when I got to the hospital, I knew it was a pretty serious thing."
After a lengthy string of tests it was determine a day later that Wedge had suffered a mild stroke. And then began the process of meeting with doctors and specialists to determine how to prevent a recurrence.