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August 24, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Wednesday’s lineup and pre-game notes

Here is today’s lineup for the final game of this seven-game roadtrip. The Mariners are 2-4 so far.
Mariners (55-73)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
33 Casper Wells LF
30 Miguel Olivo C
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
29 Wily Mo Pena DH
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) CF
34 Felix Hernandez RHP
Indians (63-63)
12 Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
35 Cord Phelps (S) 2B
17 Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
41 Carlos Santana (S) C
1 Kosuke Fukudome (L) CF
27 Lonnie Chisenhall (L) DH
7 Matt LaPorta 1B
9 Jack Hannahan (L) 3B
16 Jason Donald SS
43 Josh Tomlin RHP
Franklin Gutierrez, riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .433 (13-for-30), is getting a rest today, with Trayvon Robinson starting in center.
“He’s OK. He’s good,” manager Eric Wedge said of Gutierrez. “I just wanted to give him a day. He’s been really good, grinding through. Good for him. I was going to give him the second game (of the doubleheader) yesterday, but he really wanted to play. I love it. I want people who want to play…. He should feel good about what he’s doing right now, the progress he’s made. We need him to stay on that path. There’s no reason to think he shouldn’t.”

It appears that for now, Anthony Vasquez will stay with the ballclub and could get more spot starts. Wedge said a six-man rotation, long contemplated by the Mariners, is still “a possibility.That’s where we are right now. We’ll pick and choose with it. We still have some off days, so we’ll pick and choose how we handle these guys. Obviously, everyone’s well aware of (Michael) Pineda, and we have some other young pitchers. Even Felix. It’s a situation now, where we’re at, we have basically six starters and six guys in the bullpen. What we need to do is take it day by day, and get to September, and go from there.”
On Sept. 1, teams can expand their rosters with minor-league callups. Wedge is already having trouble juggling his lineup to play all his young players, and that will provide more options. Candidates to be called up in September likely include outfielders Michael Saunders, Greg Halman , Mike Wilson and Carlos Peguero, who have already been up this year, as well as infielders Alex Liddi and Matt Tuiasosopo, and pitchers Shawn Kelly and Mauricio Robles.
“We’ll call some people up,” Wedge said. “The opportunity to play every day, that will be the tough part. There will be some opportunity. Some of it is as much about this atmosphere, and what we’re doing here, and being a part of it, and being around teammates, and myself and coaches. It’s as much about that as anything, and exposure, and avenues of communication.”
Reliever Dan Cortes was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a bruised left ankle, but Wedge said, “I don’t think it’s anything serious at all. If he is healthier quickly, we still have the opportunity to do some work with him with Carl (Willis), which I think is a good thing. We’re going to take advantage of this time. If it takes as long as it takes, that’s fine too. Either way, we’re going to benefit from it.”
While managing the Indians, Wedge watched the ascension of outfielder Grady Sizemore to All-Star status. Now Sizemore, who is from Everett, is mired with knee and other injuries, including sports hernia surgery earlier this year, that have stalled his career.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated,” Wedge said. “It’s unfortunate he’s had these injuries, because he was such a great player. He IS a great player when he’s healthy. He is. I don’t know if it’s a product on just how hard he plays – banging up on the wall or on the ground or on the base paths. I’m sure that has something to do with it. He’s always been a hard impact guy. He’s not going to play any other way, I can tell you that much.”

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