OREM Orem Owlz manager Tom Kotchman has left the team after his wife, Susan, suffered a brain aneurysm early this week.
Kotchman was with the Owlz in Missoula, Mont., on Tuesday when he learned of his wife's situation, and he immediately flew back to his home in Florida. The Owlz and their parent club, the Los Angeles Angels, are not releasing any information on the condition of Kotchman's wife.
"We certainly miss him, but we understand the seriousness of the situation, and we're keeping things in perspective and are just wishing the best for him and his wife," Owlz general manager Aaron Wells said.
In the interim, the Owlz will be co-managed by hitting coach Brent Del Chiaro and pitching coach Zeke Zimmerman. The Angels will also bring in their roving instructors in hitting, fielding and pitching to help work with the Owlz during Kotchman's absence. It is unknown at this time whether the veteran Orem manager will return this season.
"We don't know if he'll be back for the playoffs or not. Right now it's just a day-to-day thing and our thoughts are really just with him," Wells said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Braves first baseman Casey Kotchman, son of the Orem coach, has also been placed on Major League Baseball's bereavement list so he could be with his mother while she is hospitalized in St. Petersburg, Fla.