CLE@SEA: Zduriencik, Thompson on Wedge's recovery

SEATTLE -- Before the Mariners' series finale with Minnesota on Sunday, skipper Eric Wedge privately met with the team for the first time since having a mild stroke before Monday's game. Bench coach Robby Thompson has been filling in for Wedge while the manager recovered in the hospital and then at home.

"It was great; they saw him, he's doing well," Thompson said. "Walking good, talking, I mean the whole thing. Big smile on his face, probably be tough for him to leave right now and head back home, as we all know he'd love to stay here."

The Mariners do not have a timetable for Wedge's return, and he will stay in Seattle during the team's six-game road trip. The earliest he could rejoin the team is Aug. 5 against the Blue Jays.

"It was serious, and he knows that; he knows that he has to stay away until he's strong and ready," Thompson said. "[His return will] be up to Eric and a whole lot of doctors, staff. He'll know when the right time is."

Worth noting

• Third baseman Kyle Seager leads all Major League players with a .398 batting average in the month of July. Seager's hot bat has prompted Thompson to move him to third in the lineup for Sunday's series finale with Minnesota.