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August 21, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Mariners a bit shorthanded in the bullpen for now

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Just got done apeaking to manager Don Wakamatsu and he says Chris Jakubauskas will need at least a few days of rest after that cramping he felt in the back of his shoulder area returned this morning. Jakubauskas said yesterday that he only felt the problem during one sixth inning pitch, but he was sore today and so the team is not taking any chances.
“We’re calling it an inpingement,” Wakamatsu said. “We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. Depending on how tonight’s game goes, bullpen-wise, if we use the bullpen then we might have to bring somebody in.”
Mariners closer David Aardsma is also a no-go for tonight. He had a pretty stressful outing yesterday and closed out the game the previous night. Mark Lowe will handle the closing dutires and Sean White possibly as well, depending on the matchups.

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In other news, shortstop Jack Wilson, seen above, walking ahead of shortstop Josh Wilson, is now unlikely to play this weekend. The team had talked about trying to get him in a game against the Indians, but Wakamatsu said that’s now going to only be if its absolutely necessary.
“But then we have the flight (back to Seattle),” Wakamatsu said. “So, we’ll discuss that a little bit more, but otherwise we’re looking at the firs game back home. Again, we’re just tryoing to cover all bases to where he doesn’t have to go back on the DL and everything’s just fine.”
I’d imagine that the play of Josh Wilson has negated some of the urgency in getting the other Wilson back in the lineup. For those pf you who missed it. Josh Wilson was No. 1 on ESPN’s Web Gems last night, both for his over-the-head catch of that eighth inning blooper and his first inning throw from deep in the hole. ESPN nominated both plays as a No. 1 a) and No. 1 b).
The No. 1 a) play was his over-the-head catch, which is how it should have been.
I’d have liked to see Franklin Gutierrez in there for at least one of his two running grabs, but apparently the folks in Bristol are used to seeing guys sprint 60 yards to haul in a 400-foot blast with a glance over their shoulder at the last second. Anyhow, moving on, I spoke to Josh Wilson about the two plays and the timing of them, coming as they did on the heels of those two errors he’d made in less than a week to help cost two games.
Wilson laughed when I suggested that, as difficult as one of the choppers may have been, he’s probably able to make that play often enough.
“I’d like to think so,” he said, laughing.
Then, we got serious and he said that he tries to be the type of guy who doesn’t dwell on stuff like errors too much.
“I think I’ve definitely had times in my career where I’ve let play affect me and then I end up making another mistake,” he said. “And that doesn’t do you, or the team much good.
But he did say that when mistakes happen for him in the field, he tends to go out and make an extra effort to remember the basics of each play and what went wrong so that they don’t happen again.
It’s no fluke, he said, that his two all-star type plays in Detroit came after those errors, at a time when his focus and concentration was at its highest. Wilson hasn’t played every day in the majors for quite a while and he is now getting the daily repetition at this level.
“I guess it gets better,” he said. “The more time you play, the more you can relax.”
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A look above at Bill Hall taking batting practice with the Mariners for the first time as I type this. Wakamatsu confirmed that Michael Saunders is indeed fine and that Hall playing left is simply to give the young player an extra bit of rest on his arm and also to see what the newest Mariner is like as an outfielder.
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Wakamatsu plans to start Hall at third base tomorrow night.
“I think what we’re looking at more is really the matchup, with the two (Cleveland) lefties, Huff and Laffey,” Wakamatsu said. “It gives us the opportunity to give Saunders a day with his shoulder — which is fine. It just gives him a break from a lefty, a little time with his shoulder to give Billy a chance to play. I’ll probably look to start him at third base tomorrow, so it gives him two days and also allows the other guys (Saunders and Jack Hannahan) to each play a game too. So, the opportunity presented itself and we talked about how once we got him (Hall), we wanted to be able to see him play a little bit. This gives us two days for us to take a look at him.”



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