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Mariners second baseman Jack Wilson, seen in the photo above working out moments ago on the field, and manager Eric Wedge are not in a good space right now. Wedge is upset, to put it mildly, that Wilson implied after Wednesday’s game in Texas that he had been taken out by the coaching staff after his two second inning errors.
In fact, Wedge told reporters today, Wilson took himself out of the game.
“I tried to protect Jack by saying he was a little bit hazy and then he made mention of the fact that I took him out of the game,” Wedge said. “I did not take him out of the game. He took himself out of the game. (Bench coach) Robby Thompson and I were underneath there, and wanted him to go back out. Wanted to convince him to go back out. He didn’t think he could do that and ultimately we had to make a change.”
Wilson isn’t playing tonight. Wedge said “he’s available” when asked about Wilson. Adam Kennedy is in at second tonight and Wedge also mentioned that the team has Luis Rodriguez who can play there. Wedge said he’ll see where things go from here as far as who will play second regularly.
Make no mistake, this is a problem. And it’s probably not going away anytime soon.
Wedge was asked how he felt about a player pulling himself out of a game.
“It’s unspeakable,” he said.
So, does this mean Wilson’s future with the club is in trouble? Wedge was asked the question.
“I’m not going to speak anymore on it,” he said. “Good question, though. But I’m not going to speak anymore on it.”
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik just spoke about Wilson and Wedge down on the field.
“He’s the manager, he’s in charge,” Zduriencik said of Wedge. “I support my manager in how he’s handling things.”
In other news, I chatted briefly with Adam Moore and he told me his surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday. They need to give it that long for the swelling to go down. And now that Moore is on the 60-day DL, there’s no need to rush things.
Moore said his knee has yet to unlock itself after what happened on Wednesday. With these types of tears, the meniscus can get caught up in the knee joint, which causes a type of locking effect.
Naturally, he’s feeling quite down, but hoping for the best.
His replacement is Chris Gimenez, who arrived and is out of the field working out during BP at the moment. We asked Wedge about why Gimenez got the call instead of Josh Bard.
“The biggest part of that was just his versatility, the fact that he can play multiple positions for us right now,” Wedge said. “That entered into it as much as anything. I was really impressed with what I saw of him this spring.”