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July 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Mariners option Carlos Peguero to Triple-A, recall Mike Carp

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(Ian Kinsler is looked at after getting hit on his left earflap by Seattle’s Blake Beavan in the seventh inning Sunday. Kinsler was not hurt seriously and stayed in the game. Photo by Associated Press).
After another miserable offensive day Sunday in their 3-1 loss to Texas, the Mariners were almost obligated to make some sort of personnel move. And sure enough, they did, sending Carlos Peguero back to Tacoma and recalling Mike Carp.
It’s not going to be a panacea for a team with a team batting average of .221, coming off a four-game sweep to Texas in which they scored a grand total of two runs. But Peguero has appeared overmatched for quite awhile, and Carp deserves more of an extended look than he got last time, when he arrived as perhaps the hottest hitter in organized baseball but played only intermittently.


Overall this year at Triple-A, Carp is hitting .343 with 21 homers, 64 RBIs and a 1.060 OPS. In 35 at-bats with the Mariners, he hit just .200 with no homers or RBIs and a .590 OPS.
“We need to get Mike up here and give him the opportunity to have more consistent playing time,” Eric Wedge said. “When he was up here, we had a week without the DH; that was tough. We had a few other players up here in different situations. We should be able to get him more consistent playing time this time.”
Asfor Peguero, he hit .196 in 143 at-bats. He did hit six homers, and Wedge was obviously enamored with his power potential. But Peguero struck out 54 times, and his production was regressing.
“It’s the right time to do that for Carlos,” Wedge said. “He’s had a pretty good sample size up here, and we’ve been able to see things both good and other things he needs to work on. He needs to go down there and play every day to do that.
“We talked about taking his BP into the game. He’s a much improved outfielder. I’ve been very proud of the way he’s worked in the outfield and getting more comfortable with the speed of the game up here. I think we’ve all seen that. I’ve been really pleased with his BP and repetitions. But the next step for him — and it’s the biggest step –is to be able to take that same heartbeat, that same approach, into the game. Because that’s an impact bat. He can obviously do some damage, and he helped us win some games up here. He needs to go down and play every day.”

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