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May 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Mariners starter Carlos Silva on a short rope

Even though Carlos Silva’s disappointing start has yet to really hurt the Mariners this season — they are 3-2 when he starts — manager Don Wakamatsu won’t wait forever for Silva to turn it around.
Silva allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings on Friday, the fourth time in five starts he failed to get out of the fifth inning. Silva’s ERA has inflated to 7.36, which, put on top of last season’s 6.46 ERA, has heightened concerns about where his season is headed.
“At some point, he is going to have to make some adjustments and be that guy,” Wakamatsu said. “If not, we have to make adjustments. But at this point, going forward, is that rope shorter? Yeah. At some point he’s going to have to come out and give us some good outings.”
Wakamatsu said the Mariners “believe in his stuff,” and that Silva’s velocity hasn’t been a problem. But somewhere, Silva’s stuff is not translating into quality starts.
“The mental side of this game is so devastating — can be, if you allow it,” Wakamatsu said.”He has some skeletons in his closet, obviously, from the failures he’s had here and disappointments from last year, but you keep trying to hammer away and build his confidence, saying, ‘It’s up to you. At what point are you going to believe, is your confidence level going to match your stuff.'”
After the play at the plate that decided Saturday night’s game, catcher Rob Johnson talked to Wakamatsu about what he could have done differently on the throw that short-hopped into Johnson’s chest. On such a quick play, Wakamatsu only had a few small technical suggestions.
“To say he did anything wrong is not correct,” Wakamatsu said.
Wakamatsu, a former catcher himself, could relate to Johnson, who got run over by Oakland’s Bobby Crosby on the play.
“I got my left ear lobe ripped half-way off and a sprained neck, so I know exactly what it feels like to get hammered there,” he said.
Some notes:
– Brandon Morrow (right biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session Saturday and will likely throw two more before coming off the disabled list next Saturday.
-Ronny Cedeno (strained hamstring) is back to full health, and Wakamatsu expects him to start soon.
-Starter Ryan Rowland-Smith (left biceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen session Monday, and should throw a simulated game sometime this week.
OAKLAND (9-12)
Ryan Sweeney CF
Orlando Cabrera SS
Jason Giambi 1B
Matt Holliday LF
Jack Cust RF
Kurt Suzuki DH
Bobby Crosby 3B
Gregorio Petit 2B
Landon Powell C
Josh Outman LHP (0-0, 5.23)
SEATTLE (14-10)
Ichiro RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Russell Branyan 1B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Kenji Johjima C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Chris Jakubauskas RHP (1-3, 5.23)



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