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July 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Wright, Seddon eager for another big-league shot

For left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon, his callup to the majors with the Mariners today is a second chance at the big leagues.
For right-hander Jamey Wright, signed as a free-agent, well, it’s a 10th chance after major-league stints with the Rockies, Brewers, Cardinals, Royals, Rockies (again), Giants, Rangers, Royals and Indians.
“I still feel I have the stuff to be a very much above-average quality big-league pitcher,” Wright said. “I’ve never doubted that. It’s just a matter of getting an opportunity. I have an opportunity here, and I plan on making the most of it. I plan on making everyone look like geniuses. That’s my goal.”


Wright spent the spring of 2003 with the Mariners battling for a rotation berth, but was released at the end of camp.
“That was an interesting spring,” he said. “Duking it out for the fifth spot with Gil Meche. I don’t think either of us pitched all that great. It is what it is. It started the beginning of a long, long summer for me that year — I don’t wish to talk about it. I had a few different stops that year. It’s good to be back.”
After the Mariners cut him loose, Wright pitched for Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha and Kansas City in 2003. Asked why teams always seem to want him, Wright said:
“I work hard. I go out there and give it 100 percent every time out there.”
Wright began this year with Cleveland but was released after compiling a 5.48 ERA in 18 relief appearances. He signed a Triple-A deal with Oakland and had 10 games with Sacramento, but he had an opt-out clause in his contract allowing him to pursue a major-league deal.
“I was scheduled to get on a flight and go to Salt Lake City with Sacramento this morning,” he said. “We’d been in talks with Seattle. It worked out yesterday. Everything changed yesterday. I’d much rather be here than Salt Lake City. It’s a good thing. I’m very, very excited.”
Seddon, like Wright, will apparently be used out of the bullpen. He had seven games, including four starts, with the Marlins in 2007, going 0-2 with an 8.83 ERA.
“I feel I’m throwing better this time than I was last time. I have a little better head on my shoulders,” he said. “I was 23, and I feel like this time, I just know my body a little bit better.”
Seddon was in Lehigh, Penn., Tuesday for the Triple-A All-Star Game, about to go to dinner, when he got a call from his Tacoma manager, Darren Brown, who happened to be the All-Star manager.
“You’re not going to throw,” Brown told Seddon.
“OK, why?” replied a puzzled Seddon.
“You’re going to Anaheim instead.”
Said Seddon: “I’ll take that trade any time.”
Seddon stayed for the All-Star Game last night but didn’t pitch. He got up at 3 a.m. this morning to fly to Anaheim, arriving at noon. He said he was told he’ll be working out of the bullpen. In Tacoma, Seddon was 10-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 games, 15 of them starts.
“When they tell me to pitch, I’ll take the ball — thank you,” he said.
Seddon admitted he has wondered if he would ever get another big-league shot. The Mariners signed him as a minor-league free agent prior to the 2009 season.
“There were a couple of times (he wondered),” he said. “You can’t keep it out of your head if you’re going through a rough time. To get it back going and get that shot again is fantastic.”

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