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Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:48:53 -0700
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (legs) is still bothered by tightness in his legs and was out of the lineup Sunday, April 14. With an off day on Monday, April 15, Seattle manager Eric Wedge is hopeful Gutierrez will be ready to play on Tuesday, April 16.
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:40:25 -0800
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley may lead off to start the 2013 season if his bat proves solid during spring training. Manager Eric Wedge envisions Ackley as a prototypical leadoff hitter. There has also been some speculation about moving Ackley into the outfield, if only because several top prospects play second and moving Ackley could mean a hot prospect comes up.
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:55:41 -0700
The Seattle Mariners are still high on 1B Justin Smoak and plan to give him another chance, but manager Eric Wedge said Smoak has to work on some things. "This offseason, we want him to get stronger, we want him to work on his swing," Wedge said. "That means we have to make sure he understands why he's struggled this season. He's got to form better habits, mechanically. His lower half and upper half aren't working together, and that's the problem."
Fri, 18 May 2012 01:07:38 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Miguel Olivo (groin) is rejoining the team Friday, May 18, but it is strictly for evaluation. "There's no chance he's coming off the disabled list," manager Eric Wedge said. "We just want to test him over a few days ourselves before we send him out on a rehab assignment."
Sun, 13 May 2012 00:49:41 -0700
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan, who is batting .149 this season, was rested Saturday, May 12, by manager Eric Wedge, and Wedge hinted more might happen in the future if Ryan doesn't turn it around. "Is there a level he has to reach to stay in the lineup?" Wedge asked, repeating a question. "You just can't be an out up there. There's no reason he shouldn't be better. He's not 25, he's 30 years old and it's time he figured out what he needs to do to be successful."
Thu, 10 May 2012 00:53:04 -0700
Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan (elbow) still had a swollen right elbow Wednesday, May 9, two days after being hit by a line drive. "The plan now is for me to throw a bullpen session Friday, throw lightly Saturday and see where we are," Beavan said. "I feel great right now." Manager Eric Wedge indicated Beavan may be eased back into the lineup.
Thu, 10 May 2012 00:50:54 -0700
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak remained in the batting order on Wednesday, May 9, despite his 2-for-17 performance during the team's homestand and .178 season batting average. "Last year at this time, he was our best hitter," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "My confidence level hasn't dropped in him. I still believe he can hit."
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:46:32 -0700
The Seattle Mariners have worked out a timetable for OF Mike Carp (shoulder) in Tacoma, and it includes playing a little first base, outfield and designated hitter in the next four or five days. "It might even be a week, depending on how he feels. He's had some soreness, but we checked him out and it's all good," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We'll get him back soon, though not as soon as Mike would like."
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:43:46 -0700
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins did not start Wednesday, April 25, against the Detroit Tigers. Instead 2B Dustin Ackley led off and SS Brendan Ryan batted second. IF Alex Liddi was the third baseman, batting sixth, and 1B Justin Smoak was back after a two-game absence. "Figgy needed a day off, we wanted to get Ackley up top and give Ryan a look batting second," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We wanted Jesus Montero to catch Felix tonight and Miguel Olivo to catch Hector Noesi (today)."
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:09:39 -0700
Seattle Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma is beginning the 2012 season in the bullpen, where he will pitch long relief. It was a move that caught many by surprise, but manager Eric Wedge said the team thinks the bullpen is the best place for him to begin his major-league career. "He is going to serve as our long guy, as well as middle relief and, quite frankly, I think that's the best way to transition him this year," the manager said.