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November 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Alex Liddi sent home from Venezuelan winter leagues after struggles

Alex Liddi had a long baseball season in 2011, getting called up by the Mariners and playing an extra month longer than he’s used to. It appears that all that extra time on the field finally caught up to Liddi, who struggled down in Venezuela while playing winter ball with the Lara Cardenales.
The Lara club has struggled as well, and this week decided to send Liddi home and seek a more experienced third baseman. Liddi will head back to Italy and prepare himself for Mariners spring training.
“He had some struggles down there and it’s tough for a real young kid in those leagues,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told me this morning. “When you get off to a slow start, they often like to make changes and go with more experienced players.”


Zduriencik said Liddi was “in good spirits” and appreciated his time in South America. The Lara team, managed by Pedro Grifol, is 6-12 and in second-to-last place, 6 1/2 games out.
Liddi was 6-for-44 (.136) for Lara, with one home run, two doubles and a .519 on-base-plus slugging percentage.
He was mired in a 1-for-20 batting slump when the decision to send him home was made.

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