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June 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Carp hopes this start in left goes better than last one

Mike Carp, who makes the second start of his major-league career in left field, well remembers the last one. It came on Sept. 25 of last season — the final game he would play in 2010. Running out a double at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, he partially tore the plantar fascia in his right foot and was done for the year.
“I got a nice little five innings under my belt (in left),” he said, laughing. “It was pretty crazy — there was a big crowd, the roof, the turf. But I felt good out there.”
Carp, in fact, says he feels very comfortable in the outfield, which he has played almost exclusively since the Mariners acquired Justin Smoak last July. That blocked his path as a first baseman, so he began transitioning to the outfield.

“I knew my best way to the majors was playing left field, so that’s what I focused on this offseason,” he said. “It’s been my position since July of last year. I almost have a full year under my belt.”
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he didn’t want to start Carp in left field in spacious Comerica Park in Detroit.
“I wanted him to have a couple of work days here,” he said. “It’s a good time to get him out there.”
Carp gets the start despite striking out three times and hitting into a double play yesterday. He is 2-for-12 since joining the Mariners from Tacoma, where he was hitting .348.
“You want to try to give him at least some type of consistency with regard to their ABs,” Wedge said. “You don’t want it to be the good and bad thing, play and not play. It’s a fine line. He’s a young player, and we’re trying to give him an opportunity, as we are with a few of the other guys. I wanted to get him back in there, regardless of what we saw last night.”
Asked for his early impressions of Carp, Wedge said: “I like his swing. It’s a quick, compact swing. It looks like he has pretty good balance up there. I saw him a little this spring. Obviously, he has power off his bat, and he looks like he can hit the ball to all fields. It’s just a matter of continuing to get some ABs up here and seeing what type of adjustments he can make.”
Carp said he’s trying to re-establish the groove he was in at Triple-A.
“Obviously, you’re not going to stay that way forever, but I’m trying to do the same things I did down there,” he said. “And hopefully I’ll have the same success up here.”
The Mariners announced that they have signed 21 of the 51 players from last week draft, including seven from the first 20 rounds. The highest signee was Cameron Hobson, a left-handed pitcher taken in the 11th round.
Here are the signed players and their minor-league assignment:
Short A Everett Aqua Sox
Cameron Hobson (LHP, 11th round)
Michael Dowd (C, 12th)
Cody Weiss (RHP, 14th)
Nate Melendres (OF, 17th)
Joe DiRocco (RHP, 21st)
Max Krakowiak (RHP, 48th)
Rookie Pulaski Mariners
Daniel Paolini (INF, 10th)
Jamal Austin (OF, 13th)
Dillon Hazlett (INF, 20th)
Kenneth Straus (INF, 26th)
David Colvin (RHP, 27th)
Brett Shankin (RHP, 28th)
Kyle Hunter (LHP, 31st)
Robert Shore (RHP, 41st)
David Villasuso (C, 42nd)
Rookie Peoria Mariners
Alex Sunderland (RHP, 38th)
Chris Andreas (INF, 39th)
Trevor Miller (RHP, 40th)
Marcos Reyna (RHP, 43rd)
Josh Corrales (RHP, 44th)
Charles Jimenez (OF, 45th)



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