(1090 The Fan) — Seattle mariners third base coach John Stearns will step down from his current position to focus on his recovery from a hiatal hernia.

Stearns told the club he would like to be re-assigned within the organization, according to the team.

“I am not physically able to perform the role of third base coach yet, and it appears that I will not be able to perform the job until the middle of April,” Stearns said in a release. “It is not fair to the organization, to Lloyd or to the players for me to expect to jump back in after not being able to participate in the bulk of spring training. Instead, I have asked Jack to re-assign me within the organization, and he has agreed to do so.”

“I think this decision is in the best interest of the Mariners. I don’t want to be a distraction, and I don’t want the players to have to deal with a change-up just as their season is starting.”

After arriving in Arizona for Spring Training, Stearns suffered discomfort in his upper abdomen. A follow-up exam resulted in the diagnoses of a hiatal hernia.

Rich Donnelly, who was slated to manage the Tacoma Rainiers, will be promoted to the Major League staff to coach third base. Donnelly’s replacement at Triple-A will be announced within the next few days.

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