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July 21, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Looks like the Mariners need a fifth AND fourth starter

You can find an update on Franklin Gutierrez here.
Don Wakamatsu made pretty clear what anyone watching the game already knew: that Garrett Olson will not remain in the rotation.
Wakamatsu didn’t flat out say it, but here are his post-game quotes on Olson. You decide:
“It’s what we talked about before, similar to his last start, a lot of it is not so much the stuff, but not being aggressive and attacking the hitters, and trying to be too perfect. I thought the walks, falling behind and having to give in, cost him.
“It’s unfortunate. He’s a good kid, and he’s worked his tail off. We’re hoping to get him back out there at some point.”
Asked if he was wavering on letting Olson make his next start, Wakamatsu said, “Yeah, we’re at a point right now, this start we were looking for some improvement, and it went the other way. He’s proved to us he’s effective out of the bullpen, so we’ll look at that and make some adjustments as we go forward.”


That leaves the door open for both Jason Vargas and Ryan Rowland-Smith to re-join the rotation. Olson’s turn comes up Sunday against the Indians at Safeco Field. Chris Jakubauskas is another option.
Otherwise, Wakamatsu was pleased with the comeback from an 8-1 deficit.
“Being down eight (actually, seven) runs early, it’s hard to come back,” he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team. We talk about putting ourselves in a position to win. Even being down (seven) runs, we battled back, and the ball hit Langerhans hit at the end, I thought he had a shot.”
So did Langerhans, but the ball was caught at the warning track. The Mariners had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth off Tigers closer Fernando Rodney but couldn’t score.
” knew I got under it just a hair,” Langerhans said. “It was one of those that came off the bat, and I was pretty sure it was going to be right about where it was. It didn’t keep me from pushing it out in my head when I was rounding first.”
Jack Hannahan had two home runs for just the second time in his career. The other came against the Mariners on Aug. 24, 2008, when he played for Oakland.
“I’ve been working with Wak and Ace (hitting coach Alan Cockrell), and just kind of getting back to the basics of letting the ball get a little deeper, and not trying to do too much,” Hannahan said. “It paid off today. I hope it will continue.”
Hannahan, acquired from Oakland in a trade on July 11, said he’s starting to settle into his new home.
“I was going a million miles an hour,defensively, too, just trying to help this team as much as I can,” he said. “What I really need to do is just take a step back and really just slow the game down and do what I’ve always done.”

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