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June 8, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Eric Wedge plans to play Mike Carp and Carlos Peguero together when possible

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Eric Wedge met with the media a little while ago and let us know that Mike Carp and Carlos Peguero will be playing together on a semi-regular basis, not at the expense of one another. And that means other people will have to take a seat.
Tonight, it’s Jack Cust. And Wedge said he’s going to be finding DH at-bats for some of the younger players as the team moves forward.
“I feel like, if we can get them in there three or four times a week, it’s worth having them up here because you’re going to get a lot out of them,” Wedge said. “It’s a nice way to break them in. It’s a nice way to break them in without over-exposing them. By getting them consistent work. We’ll try to get Greg (Halman) in there as much as we can, too. We’ll open up some DH at-bats for them, too, from time to time so that we can make that happen.”
And not only DH at-bats. But for tonight, Cust is the odd man out.


“Cust’s still going to play, but I’m going to open up some DH at-bats for them, too,” Wedge said. “We’ll continue to try to get creative. If we feel that we’ve got to switch some things up, then we’ll do that. We’re about 2 1/2 months in. My responsibility is to the team and the organization but also to each and every player, too.
“And sometimes that could be a fine line. Because you’re looking at two (spots) today but you’re also looking at two tomorrow.”
Two, meaning two places to play the young guys.
What about Ichiro? Would Wedge consider sitting him out a game?
“That may be,” he said. “That’s always a possibility. I’m looking at everything right now. But I think he’s feeling better. He’s still not having the results that he needs to have, but he’s feeling better up there. That’s the positive part about it.
“And DHing him a few times, too, I think that helps him a little. Obviously, that’s a fine line there.”
Fine indeed.

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