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Tue, 14 May 2013 20:04:58 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday, May 14, that the reason 2B Dustin Ackley and 1B Justin Smoak were out of the lineup against the New York Yankees was simply due to playing matchups. "It's more of a matchup thing than anything," Wedge said. "I wanted to get (OF Raul Ibanez) in there, and I wanted to get (INF Robert Andino) and (SS Brendan Ryan) in there. They both had decent numbers against CC."
Sun, 12 May 2013 10:55:12 -0700
Seattle Mariners OF/DH Raul Ibanez started in left field for the second consecutive game Saturday, May 11, against the Oakland Athletics, because manager Eric Wedge wanted him to feel more comfortable at the plate. Ibanez went 1-for-3, raising his average to .194, but OF Jason Bay is expected to play left field Sunday, May 12.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:30:07 -0700
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (legs) is out of the lineup for the second straight day with stiffness in his legs Friday, April 19. "We're still trying to help him with his lower half," manager Eric Wedge said. "I think it's tough with his hips, where it gets a little bit out of line and that's where it affects his legs." Gutierrez could be used as a pinch hitter later in the game, though. The team may choose to part ways with OFs Raul Ibanez or Jason Bay when OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) returns from the disabled list next week instead of risking OF Endy Chavez to waivers.
Fantasy Tip: The Mariners would probably prefer to keep Chavez around just because Gutierrez has had trouble staying on the field. Saunders can play center field, too, if Chavez is placed on waivers. The bottom line is that Bay and Ibanez will lose out on playing time when Saunders returns.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:29:16 -0700
Seattle Mariners OF Endy Chavez is leading off Friday, April 12, with OFs Michael Saunders (shoulder) and Mike Morse (finger) out of the lineup. OF Franklin Gutierrez played his fifth straight game Thursday, April 11. OF Jason Bay is in right field and OF Raul Ibanez is starting in left.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Chavez to see pretty regular playing time because Seattle wants to keep Gutierrez fresh to avoid health problems he's had in the past. Chavez can also rotate at the other outfield positions when Bay or Ibanez need a breather. Morse is expected to be out up to a week, so plan accordingly.
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:50:59 -0700
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez is not in the lineup Tuesday, April 2, and manager Eric Wedge said they would like to ease Gutierrez into the starting job in center field. OF Michael Saunders is in the leadoff spot against a right-handed pitcher. OF Raul Ibanez is in left field and OF Mike Morse is starting in right.
Fantasy Tip: If you're skeptical about Gutierrez, we don't blame you. He just hasn't proven he can stay healthy over a full season, and his skills won't really help you unless he's playing consistently. Let this play out and see if he can earn consistent starts before considering adding him in very deep mixed leagues.
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:57:49 -0800
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse arrived to camp Thursday, Feb. 14, and got in some early hitting. He will be on the field Saturday, Feb. 16, for the first full-squad workout. "It's pretty cool being back here," Morse said. "It was funny yesterday in the cage, me and (OF Raul Ibanez) were hitting and I told him, 'Man, I feel like you and me are early right now to camp and we're still waiting on (3B Adrian Beltre, 1B Richie Sexson and 2B Jose Lopez) to get here.'"
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:00:19 -0800
Seattle Mariners OFs Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez will compete for time in the outfield. Ibanez has also been told to bring a first baseman's glove to camp. "I have a clear idea of how I see it playing out, but they'll ultimately determine that. Players make decisions for you," manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:53:01 -0800
Seattle Mariners OFs Jason Bay and Casper Wells could be the odd-men out of the outfield picture this year with OFs Mike Morse, Michael Saunders and Raul Ibanez seeing most of the playing time. Ibanez could platoon with either Bay or Wells. OF Franklin Gutierrez, who hasn't been able to stay healthy in recent years, could also factor into the decision.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:14:37 -0800
Seattle Mariners OFs Jason Bay, Mike Carp (shoulder), Raul Ibanez, Carlos Peguero and Casper Wells will be competing for outfield positions in spring training.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:59:53 -0800
The Seattle Mariners' 2013 starting outfield is currently projected to feature Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and a possible platoon of Casper Wells and Raul Ibanez, with Eric Thames and Carlos Peguero likely competing for reserve outfield roster spots, along with OF Jason Bay, who is not a lock to make the 25-man roster. Ibanez is also expected to split time at designated hitter with Kendrys Morales and Jesus Montero.