Mariners' manager Eric Wedge returns after medical leave

Eric Wedge returned to the dugout for the first time on Friday since suffering a mild stroke.
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SEATTLE (AP) After a month away, manager Eric Wedge has rejoined the Seattle Mariners following a mild stroke suffered before a game in late July.

Clean shaven, looking thinner and energized, Wedge was back behind his office desk Friday afternoon before the Mariners opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

Wedge suffered the stroke before the Mariners game on July 22. He first felt 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 said he's made significant changes and intends on managing the rest of the season without restrictions.

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