LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was taken to a hospital as a precaution after he began feeling ill during the baseball winter meetings then he pulled off a trade from his bed.
The team said Dipoto was driven to an area hospital by Mariners officials Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution.” Dipoto made improvements into Thursday and was expected to be released at some point during the day, likely flying home to Seattle on Friday.
No other information was provided about his condition, though assistant GM Justin Hollander said further tests were done.
Despite being sick, the 50-year-old Dipoto dealt Carlos Santana to Cleveland in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday — getting a big assist from Hollander.
Hollander handled the final logistics of the swap from Seattle’s side. He went to the hospital Wednesday night to work out “sort of a new wrinkle” with Dipoto.
“We were texting back and forth. Some of the groundwork had been laid and then he basically handed me the keys and said, ‘You know what I want to do roughly, just check in when you have but go run with it.'”
Hollander shared a photo of Dipoto in a hospital gown, on a bed, giving a thumbs-up sign.
“They’re still running tests, getting results. I would assume it’s nothing serious if they’re going to let him go home, hopefully today,” Hollander said. “He seemed to be feeling better based on what (wife) Tamie said. He was even looking better last night than before he went in.”
Dipoto will begin his fourth full season as Seattle’s executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations. He was hired near the end of the 2015 season and received a contract extension in July.
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