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September 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Mariners pregame notes and info

From the skipper Don Wakamatsu:
-Infielder Jack Wilson bruised a heel last night and showed up in the clubhouse on crutches. His status is day-to-day, though Wakamatsu isn’t sure how long Wilson will be out.
-IF-OF Bill Hall suffered a cramp in his right quadriceps as he ran down the first-base line Tuesday. “I thought he’d be able to play but he feels some soreness and we just feel it’s probably better to give him a day [off]. We’ll re-evaluate him tomorrow. I do not think it will be as long as the Jack Wilson injury,” Wakamatsu said.
-P Chris Jakubauskas, who hasn’t pitched Sept. 3, threw a light bullpen session today and felt good, Wakamatsu said. Jakubauskas will play catch tomorrow and throw another session and possibly be ready for Sunday.
-P Ian Snell has a stiff left wrist, Wakamatsu isn’t sure yet of his availability for his next start.
-Wakamatsu on OF Michael Saunders’ role: “Jack [Zduriencik] and I talked and kind of [came up with] a development program. Obviously he came up here, we gave him 100 or so at-bats [stats say exactly 100], took a look at him and it got to a point where he was just trying to do too much. We talked about getting him with Alan [Cockrell, hitting coach] a little bit more on a setting where he doesn’t have to worry about going in there the next day, to where he can make some changes. I think the biggest thing is just getting himself into a position where he can drive the ball a little bit better. He’s an awfully talented player. You want to have guys come up at this point of the year and even earlier and get at-bats to make adjustments, but sometimes you have to evaluate whether those adjustments are going in the right direction.”
Wakamatsu and Jack Zduriencik felt they weren’t, so they backed off his playing time so Saunders could get a jump on winter ball and not put pressure on him. Saunders might play a game or two, Wakamatsu said, before the end of the season, but probably toward the very end.
Player auditions for next year’s left-field spot continue, with Hall getting looks and Saunders’ performance in winter ball a big factor, too. “[Ryan] Langerhans has shown us that he can be pretty versatile out there,” Wakamatsu said.

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